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Lawmakers Share Political New Year's Resolutions

From their mouths to the General Assembly's ears, here's what some politicians want to see in the new year.

This article was originally published on Dec. 26.

Capitol DisPatch asked area lawmakers what resolution they’d like to the General Assembly to make as it heads into the next session starting Feb. 5.

“I would like us all to resolve not to pass any bills out of committee that are not ready for the floor--no more 'works in progress,’” said state Sen. Joe Markley, a Republican representing Cheshire, Southington and Wolcott Southbury in the 16th Senate District.

“That we operate in an efficient and timely manner. We don’t have to sit there till 4 in the morning and not get anything done,” said State Rep. Livvy Floren, a Republican representing Greenwich and North Stamford in the 149th House District.

“Education… we really drill down to make a difference for those kids.  So more money follows the children, we need to address teacher tenure, there should be some modifications to entitlements. I don’t want to do away with them, just make some changes. Like if a teacher is not performing well, they should not be teaching,” said state Rep. Terrie Wood, a Republican representing Darien in the 141st House District.

“Work together, stop worrying about the opposition. I want to sit down with people from other areas (committees). I’ve made some good friends on both sides of the aisle. I want more dialogue – we are not Washington,” said state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat representing Westport in the 136th House District.

“I want a decent interval of time to discuss and debate a proposal before voting on a bill. 24 hours would be fantastic, but will settle for at least 3-4. And not to be asked to vote something out of committee and be told we’re working on it,” said state Rep. Gail Lavielle, a Republican representing Norwalk and Wilton in the 143rd House District.

“To make permanent some of the "shot in the arm" legislative endeavors so that CT will be known for a business friendly climate. In other words, giving 10-year tax incentives total in the hundreds of millions for the short term won't be as much of a common practice if we lower our tax rates and stop passing anti-business legislation. The recent Jobs session was a good start!” said state Rep. Fred Camillo, a Republican representing Greenwich in the 151st House District. 

“I would like us all to resolve not to pass any bills out of committee that are not ready for the floor--no more 'works in progress,’” said state Sen. Joe Markley, a Republican representing Cheshire, Southington and Wolcott Southbury in the 16th Senate District.

“With education reform coming down the pike...my wish would be that every legislator keep an open mind and help us reach the fairest funding system for the state - that addresses the achievement gap.  This is going to be one of those policy making ventures where we need to see ourselves as representing the state -- not just our own town's self interest - to make real progress,” said State Sen. Beth Bye, a Democrat representing Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington and West Hartford in the 5th Senate District

“To continue to support small businesses, continue to put Connecticut on the right fiscal path, and continue to reduce Connecticut's unemployment rate,” said James Albis, a Democrat representing East Haven in the 99th House District.

Michael Brown December 26, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Markley is a work in progress. I'd say he was a tool but that disrespects tools.
max December 26, 2011 at 11:28 PM
How about representing those who voted you in office, rather than "old" party lines.
Tom December 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Get ready for direct democracy people. You think we had probelms back in the day? Just remember the way something is said isn't always how it sounds. It sounds like both parties ar eon board with the new paradigm shift. They know few people believe in the D or the R anymore. Now all we need is people who are honest and knock it off with the trash. Take political corectness and dump it in the Sound like our neighbors to the north did so long ago with the tea. Garbage...
Tom December 27, 2011 at 12:32 AM
You could call him a Harbor Freight tool.
George E. Mulligan December 27, 2011 at 01:50 AM
G.I. GO
Michael Brown December 27, 2011 at 02:20 AM
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Michael Brown December 27, 2011 at 02:21 AM
It is now politically correct to say nobody likes R's or D's.
Gene Ruocco December 27, 2011 at 02:36 AM
“To continue to support small businesses, continue to put Connecticut on the right fiscal path, and continue to reduce Connecticut's unemployment rate,” said James Albis, a Democrat representing East Haven in the 99th House District. James these are all great sentiments, I wish you great success in achieving them, and keep up the good work in Hartford for the people of East Haven and the State of Connecticut.
CitizenVoice December 27, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Gene: Would you happen to know if James' dad would be interested in running for mayor? I don't know the man personally, but have had other dealings with him and he seems like a smart, stand-up guy with a lot to offer. Just a thought.
Priscilla Lynn December 27, 2011 at 01:54 PM
I'd like to see more efforts towards environmentally-friendly endeavors - let's make Connecticut the greenest State in America!
Broshinsky December 27, 2011 at 02:58 PM
It will be more of the same until Connecticut voters step up and show up at the polls and vote their minds versus voting thier party line. How in anyone's right mind can you vote on a bill that is "a work in progress"? Politicians talk about working "together" but in reality that means "as long as you agree with me, we are working together". Compromise is becoming a lost art form.
Tom December 27, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Here we go with the green.. It's a sahek-down... Fiction based on reality that is warped by megalomania and more fiction... The following is for amusement purposes only and is not intended to reflect actual person/persons – living creatures, wildlife or even water fowl or fowl-mouthed individuals. The following may or may not be based on actual events – not limited but limited to personal observations, baloney-footed malarkey, and self-perpetuating psychobabble and also may or may not include Shakespearian realisms of linguistics.

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