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Maroney: 'There's No Monopoly on Good Ideas'

More from the Milford Patch's conversation with Democratic Candidate for the 119th District State Representative seat, James Maroney.


What are your issues with budget and government spending? Where do you fall on those issues?

There's no monopoly on good ideas. The Republicans don't have the good ideas, the Democrats don't have all of the good ideas. You have to be willing to listen to everyone. As far as spending, I don't like wasting money. 

I don't believe in wasting money, but there are times when you have to invest. Education is an investment in our future and we have to look at programs--the roads, the bridges, that is investment in our infrastructure. There are places where you need to spend to investment in the future of the state and our communities. 

I believe in looking very carefully at where you spend the money. I don't like to waste money.

But, you wouldn't go in and say, "I will not raise taxes?" You're not making any kind of proclamations: "I'll definitely do this, I'm definitely going to do that"?

I'm pragmatic. I don't know all of the questions right now. I can't know all of the answers because I don't know all of the questions. That's why I like to go out and talk to people and I learn from people everyday. 

I think the most famous, [Former Connecticut Governor] Lowell Weicker. Before they added the income tax he said, "I'm not going to add an income tax. Putting on an income tax during a recession is like pouring gasoline on a fire."

And then what's the first thing when he went in. "Oh, I didn't realize how bad it was. We have to add an income tax."

Until I know all of the facts and all of the questions, I couldn't make a broad declaration. 

So far in your campaign, what kind of issues have you heard from Milford people and people in Orange, as far as 'This is what they want to see done?'

I've heard a lot of great questions and issues. A lot of Seniors are worried about taxes and being able to stay in their home. There are people who are worried about Medicare and their healthcare. 

There are a lot of people who are really struggling still. One house I went to, I talked to the man and he said, "I'm not going to be here in November." 

I'm an optimist, so I assumed he was going to warmer weather, somewhere down South. I said, "Oh, where are you going to be?" He said, "I don't know. My house is being foreclosed on." 

That is happening to our neighbors. Some of our community members are still struggling. But there are also a lot of people who have great ideas. 

Concerned Parent September 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
@JE...Thank you. I followed the link and read his response and it was very gracious.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
If service to Milford is the standard then Mr. Maroney is far behind his opponent. Pam has served this City on both elective and appointive boards. She has the support of one Republican, and the two democrats in my household. I just don't know what the feelings are of the one non-affiliated voter here.
Hansa Junchun September 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Ideas are meaningless. They are used to dupe and distract the overworked, underpaid, struggling taxpayer, or the poor folks who lost their jobs or houses. Politics is POWER. And we have as incumbents great idealists like Rosa DeLauro who sold America to the big insurance companies! She gave our health over to corporate profit-takers, leaving us to the mercy of her death panels! And she's PROUD of her vote! This is why incumbents are so bad: they live on another planet called Washington DC. Down with Incumbents! Out with the facilitators of America's destruction! And down with Rosa DeLauro most of all! Rosa's been in office 22 years. She has the WRONG kind of experience. In her case, Experience is a mark of a destroyer, a corporate lap dog, a servant of elite special interests of Washington and Wall Street. Let's see Rosa debate Wayne Winsley, face-to-face. She is proud of her record. Let's see her promote why she deserves another 2 years... She can't do it. All Rosa will have are IDEAS, and a bunch of nice words. "Gee, that will help get back the house the bank stole from me, Rosa. You know, the same bank YOU BAILED OUT with my own money, just so they could turn around and rob me?!" These are real problems, and we're stuck with real problem-makers in power. Get rid of incumbents, and elect NEW candidates with a REAL fear of losing their jobs if they don't do what's right!
Michael Brown September 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Pam Staneski voted (twice) to cut the Board of Education budget request which led to the elimination of 80 teaching positions in Milford.
Michael Brown September 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Here's a link to the debate on Channel 12. http://bit.ly/SiAEdu

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