There clearly is a renewed interest in Republican ideals, and Gov. Dannel Malloy’s record $2 billion tax hike on Connecticut families will only continue to fuel the public’s pivot to a more responsible government. The challenge for the CT GOP is to figure out how to harness the public’s renewed interest in Republican principles, and convert local successes into statewide victories.
If you blinked this week, you missed something — it was a non-stop cascade of news and events of interest to Connecticut residents.
House Republicans have proposed $247 million in consumer and business tax cuts – moves they insist won’t worsen the big budget deficit projected for next year. In a press conference Thursday, GOP lawmakers said they want to give small businesses a one-time break on their unemployment assessments, accelerate the return of a sales tax exemption on clothing, and restore another exemption for over-the-counter medicine.
Middletown — Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley told the state’s largest gun group Tuesday night that he would block further gun-control legislation if elected, but he has no plans to seek repeal of the sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws approved last year in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Connecticut Republican Party ended 2013 with a surplus of $14,292 in its state account, compared with $112,606 for Connecticut Democrats. The GOP had $16,675 in cash and debt of $2,383. Democrats had no debt.
Anyone curious to read the end-of-year campaign finance reports for the Connecticut Republicans or Danbury Mark Boughton’s exploratory campaign will have to wait. The reports were filed by the deadline of midnight Friday, but a power failure has kept them from being posted on the state’s web site.
Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, filed a report Friday showing that his gubernatorial campaign raised $101,080 in the fourth quarter of 2013, but the exploratory campaign of the GOP’s 2010 nominee, Tom Foley, says it matched him.