State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87) stood among House and Senate leadership today for a joint legislative session and Governor Malloy’s state of the state address during the first day of the 2012 legislative session.
“I am encouraged by the ambitious goals the Governor set forth in his address to the joint session of the House and Senate this afternoon, especially his goals regarding education,” Rep. Yaccarino said. “However, we must remain vigilant to control state spending and use the resources we currently have more effectively.”
Last year, Connecticut was dealt the largest tax increase in state history even as state spending was increased.
Despite that historic increase the budget is projected to be in deficit to the tune of $145 million and Governor Malloy today proposed even more state spending in the current budget.
“I have long been an advocate for reforming our state education system but not in a way that disrupts the business community,” Rep. Yaccarino said. “I believe the Governor’s proposals to dedicate an additional $50 million to underperforming state schools and retooling the state’s teacher tenure provisions which have long served to protect the jobs of teachers who fail to do their jobs are laudable but I am concerned the Governor may not be focusing on the long-term issues of taxes and spending that are caustic to Connecticut business.”
On the local level Rep. Yaccarino said he will continue to reach out to local businesses to learn first-hand what they need to be successful.
“Since taking office last year I have met with dozens of North Haven employers and listened to their concerns about how state spending, taxes, energy policy and unfunded state mandates are crippling the small and mid-size businesses that keep Connecticut’s people working. I believe we must do more for these businesses- the backbone of Connecticut’s economy- to help them expand and bring more jobs back to Connecticut,” he said. “I remain committed to finding workable solutions that make our education system the best in the country while also keeping our businesses here to make sure the kids we graduate can find good-paying meaningful employment.”
Yaccarino represents the 87th district covering North Haven.