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Mitch is NEWTOWN'S CARING VOICE in Hartford.

- Mitch is the only candidate for the 106th who won't raise your taxes.
   *Never has. Never will.  Ask his opponent to make this commitment.
- Mitch supports Newtown's schools, our children, families & educators.
   *In 2016, fought and restored nearly $200M to Newtown Special Ed.
   *In 2017, reversed $4.89-Million Governor's cuts to Newtown Schools.
   *In 2018, increased Newtown Public Schools' funding more than $360M.
- Mitch is an advocate for our seniors, as recognized by AARP & ALZ.
- Mitch is compassionate, standing-up for vulnerable community members.
- Mitch puts partisanship aside for the sake of our community.
- Mitch has the courage to make tough decisions & fix CT's fiscal problems. 

Tolls. Why I Oppose them Like the Plague, Continue to Fight & Say "Over My Dead Body!" (NEW)

A Toll is a Tax and, as Connecticut taxpayers, we can't afford more.  Actually, we passed the tipping point long ago, under the tax & spend policies of the Malloy administration and complicit career-politicians.

Their repeated, large tax increases have made our once prospering, growing state unaffordable for many.  People and businesses are "voting with their feet" - moving out at a rate of nearly eighty (80) persons a day and CT is the only state in the nation to have not recovered the jobs it lost in the Great Recession. The ONLY one.

Tax increases do not work in a state that spends and wastes too much of your money.  It favors special interests - friends of the career politicians - and, by calling them "Fixed Costs", they want you to believe the only choice is to take more from you. 

That's a bunch of malarkey.  It's a matter of choices.  Do you want their (and my opponent's) status quo, feeding at the government trough on your credit card? Or will you support my efforts to save Connecticut and make it affordable again by reforming the way our state works?

There are waste and duplicated services to eliminate.  There are efficiencies to be had.  We can serve taxpayers better without raising taxes because you already pay too much and because we squander your hard-earned money!

If you're left asking; "Then how will we pay for repairing & upgrading our roads, if not with tolls?"  The cash is already there, in the form of fuel taxes, fees and licencing, except a portion of it is being "swept" to the state's "General Fund" to pay for non-transportation big-government programs and patronage.  Eliminate that sweep and bring waste & legacy-spending under control and we can eliminate operating deficits and prioritize our roads again. 

Yes, the money my liberal colleagues want for tolls already exists in your taxes.  It's a matter of priorities.

 - Mitch

 


What Differentiates My Opponent and I?

Community Experience:

I have served Newtown families since September 1, 2000, the day our family arrived and became homeowners in Newtown.  Eight years in Scouting Leadership, four on the Board of Ethics, four on the Economic Development Commission, a term on the Legislative Council and now, running for my fourth 2-year term as Newtown's State Representative.  All the while, my family and I have logged countless charitable and community service hours, dedicated to the community we love. 

At times, it's been a challenge to manage it all, raise a family, work, volunteer, care for elderly parents and find time for myself. But, it's such a blessing to be able to do so many things well and to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.  It's a dream come true and sometimes, I have to pinch myself to wipe that silly grin off my face.  Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

Taxes & Spending:

I've voted in opposition to every tax increase thrown at us by the Governor and his party, which has been complicite in driving-up our taxes and escalating the cost of living in Connecticut to a point where people and employers are leaving at a rate of 80-a-day.  I pledge to never increase your taxes because I believe you are already overburdened and I know we can do so much better by streamlining state government, making it more efficient, less costly and able to serve you with a smile. Until all the bureaucratic waste is gone and "Government-Class" special interests no longer profit at your expense, we do not deserve an additional penny of your hard earned income.

My opponent and her leadership will tax and toll you from the get go to further enrich a broken political machine. 

A Personal Spin on Tangible, Positive Results & Collaboration

Please take a minute to click on the above "Mitch's Record" tab because there is no chance you'd stick around long enough to read a longhand account of all I have helped to accomplish for  NEWTOWN and our state. "Mitch's Record" is in a skimmable, bulleted format and easy to navigate. 

Reading through a website like this, you might think: "this guy's full of himself - an egomaniac".  Get to know me and you'll actually see nothing could be further from the truth.

I am not a career politician, just a 27-year marketing person with a lifelong commitment to serving my community.  I'm really uncomfortable mugging for cameras and "tooting my own horn" so, some of my work may not be top-of-mind to you.  But, it's plentiful and a blessing to do good for so many diverse folks and to fight for you.  I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve. 

I was raised to be humble and allow my actions to speak louder than words. That's much more comfortable for me than the "I, I, I" world of politics.  But, if you're looking for accomplishments, my record for all the diverse constituencies of Newtown is prolific and inclusive because I listen and care about what's important to you.  My main political ideology is doing what's right for you, our town as a whole and this beautiful place we call Connecticut.

Leverage Relationships and Knowledge to Make Things Happen:

It's been said I have "clout" in Hartford. Perhaps I do but, if I do, it is something I earned by representing you with honor, integrity and by never, never breaking a promise.  As your voice in Hartford for six-years, I am known among other legislators, constitutional office holders, commissioners, staff, constituent groups, non-profits, business associations, lobbyists and even the Capitol Police as a stand-up guy.  I keep my word and tell no stories out of school. 

Why is that important? Because the trust I've built helps me get things done for you. I take legitimate issues and dreams to friends on both sides of the aisle and get them to listen and care about our needs.  It works both ways.  They also count on me.

At the end of the day, while Washington twists in the winds of spite and contempt and my opponent chimes in about my partianism, I quietly do your business and accomplish quite a lot without shouting it in anyone's face. 

Representing you transcends letters like D & R and, I don't care about anyone's hair color.   Brown, gray, blonde, black, red, white, purple or bald.  It matters not.


Tax Increases? Over My Dead Body! (NEW)

I will not vote to raise your taxes or nail you with tolls for your trips to work or the store.  Connecticut is already too costly a place to live or own a business.  That's why folks and businesses have been moving out.  It's sad but, we can fix it, if we have the political will to make some changes. 

My opponent has stated she will "consider" any and all possible revenue sources.  I guess she likes things the way they are.   

How costly is it to be a taxpayer in CT, you may ask? We have the latest "Tax Freedom Date" in the nation, according to The Tax Foundation.  In 2017, Connecticut taxpayers worked until May 21 to pay-off their government obligations.  Yup, we're #50.  By a lot.  We pay taxes a full 8-days longer than #49, New Jersey and 10-days longer than #48, New York.

How can this be?  With all our state collects from you in terms of Income Tax, Fuel Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Luxury Taxes, Gross Receipts Tax, Taxes on your heating oil, propane, electricity, dog-grooming, car washes, parking, cell phones and more, wouldn't you think we have enough?

Apparently not.  Even with all these taxes squeezing every taxpayer in our state, Connecticut's still facing a $4.5-Billion (not a typo) biennial operating deficit for 2019-2020. 

We do not have a revenue problem.  Ours is a liberal spending problem.    

I do not believe most of us can afford more.  Actually, we passed the tipping point long ago, under the tax & spend policies of the Malloy administration and complicit career-politicians. The cumulative effect of their repeated tax increases have made our once prospering, growing state unaffordable for many.  People and businesses are "voting with their feet" - moving out at a rate of nearly eighty (80) persons a day and CT is the only state in the nation with fewer jobs today than before the Great Recession.

Tax increases do not work in a state that spends and wastes too much of your money.  It favors special interests - friends of the career politicians - and, by calling them "Fixed Costs", they want you to believe the only choice is to take more from you. 

It does not have to be that way.  We can choose to ditch their (and my opponent's) ways of feeding at the government trough on your credit card.  Simply support my efforts to save Connecticut and make it affordable again by reforming the way our state works.

There's waste and duplicated services to eliminate.  Efficiencies to be had.  We can serve taxpayers better without raising taxes because you already pay too much and because we squander your hard-earned money!

We can make our state more efficient and work within a budget.  There's already more per capita revenue in CT than anywhere else.  

Say NO to new taxes and tolls.  Vote for my Republican colleagues and I to stop the madness and make Connecticut affordable again. 

It's a matter of priorities. Voting for me should be your top priority on November 6th.


Connecticut's Economy Needs a Conservative Rescue

I spent the entire session 2018 fighting like heck to stop the growth of government spending and new taxes. My colleagues and I won the battle against the Governor's and Legislative Majority's "highest in the nation" toll plan, killed $650MM in new special-interest driven spending and protected you from substantial tax increases. 

In 2017, we forced the adoption of the state's first minority-driven compromise, bipartisan budget, defeating more than $1-Billion in new spending and kicking to the curb the "Government-Class" machine's attempt to raise sales taxes, income taxes, taxes on second homes, DMV fees, non-prescription drug taxes, new fees on mobile phone use, unrestricted tolling and more.

Will you help me rescue Connecticut? I'm depending on you, so you can depend on me.

Mitch



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