Democratic budget: Savings & stability

HB7424, the Democratic state budget bill, passed the House on June 3. Contrary to misinformation-spewing borrow-and-spend-Republicans, the Democratic budget holds taxes flat, pays down long-term liabilities, maintains funding for towns and schools, achieves important savings, and builds on and accelerates renewed economic and fiscal dynamism. Stabilizes and reforms growth-sapping fixed costs Saves $185 million in state employee and retiree health … read more

Democratic View: A public option for Connecticut

I saw an ad on Facebook last week that stunned me. “Connecticut’s private health insurance options are working just fine,” it boasted. According to whom? Certainly not the small business owners I’ve met who tell me that healthcare coverage consumes an ever-greater portion of their budget. Not the senior citizens who struggle to afford their increasingly expensive prescription medication. I’m … read more

Democratic View: Fiscal sanity and infrastructure

There is broad expert, public, and political consensus that Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure is deteriorating at an alarming rate and requires urgent, substantial modernization to ensure that everyone who uses our roads or rides our rails is safe. Connecticut has more than 300 bridges that are structurally deficient, and nearly a third were built before 1950. On the Metro-North Railroad’s New … read more

Democratic View: Reminder: Warranted mistrust

In December this column warned, “As Gov.-elect Lamont initiates programs to accelerate repair of Connecticut finances and economy, view Republican criticisms with the extreme mistrust they warrant.” Connecticut Republicans continue to deceive, subverting public discourse about problems and solutions into crude efforts to generate fear, instill cynicism, and misinform. Gov. Malloy was the first governor in decades to reduce state … read more

Democratic View: Opposition and inquiry

Reactions to State Sen. President Pro Tempore Martin Looney’s bill to require towns with fewer than 40,000 residents to regionalize schools are loud, negative, and justified. Looney’s and similarly misguided bills are blunt bowie knives for delicate concerns that require laser scalpel. Ridgefield Democrats oppose all efforts to force schools to combine. Legislators across Connecticut, including Ridgefield’s Sen. Will Haskell … read more

Letter: Democratic column is the pot calling the kettle black

To the Editor: In response to last week’s Democratic View, once again we have the DTC chair throwing out fact-twisting, dishonest diatribes. Rep. John Frey detailed some of those traits in his letter in the same paper. How can you say that the RNC supporting Trump for re-election is unprecedented and irregular — his approval/disapproval ratings are the same as … read more

Democratic View: What’s he hiding?

On Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, mere hours after longtime Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone was arrested and indicted on multiple federal charges, the Republican National Committee (RNC), convening for its annual winter meetings in New Mexico, unanimously pledged the party’s “undivided support” to Trump as the party’s presidential candidate in 2020. The vote was a preemptive strike to block … read more

Democratic View: Support victims of violence

Connecticut has numerous statutes related to domestic violence and sexual assault, in order to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. With the new legislative session underway, the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee supports strengthening statutes and administrative policy that assist domestic violence and sexual assault survivors to have safe, stable lives. The changes supported here are also supported by the … read more

Democratic View: A voice, a vote and power

Alice Paul, former Ridgefield resident, suffragist, activist and visionary political leader achieved a lasting impact on American history. An unparalleled political strategist, she is remembered for her successful efforts to pass the 19th Amendment, which secured women the right to vote, and for her authorship of the Equal Rights Amendment, passed by Congress in 1972, but not as yet ratified. … read more

Democratic View: Resolve now to participate in our local democracy

January is one of the toughest months of the year — and not just because the weather can be cold, gray and treacherous. What makes it tough are the resolutions. “Spend more time with family.” “Cut back on calories.” “Finish the bathroom renovation.” Fortunately, you can make resolutions anytime. Many people who helped with the recent election told me their … read more

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