2010 Connecticut Voters' Guide
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State House District 21 - Challenger|
Bill Wadsworth, Republican
73 Red Oak Hill Road, Farmington
Born Nov. 8, 1952
Three children - Abigail, Sarah, Rachel; three grandchildren - Tabatha, Lucy, Hugh
Education: B.S. engineering, University of Connecticut
Occupation: Construction, No current employment
Civic Involvement: Town of Farmington Town Council Acting Chair (2004-2006); Town of Farmington Town Council Acting Chair (2010-2012); Town of Farmington High School Addition and Renovation Building Committee Chairman; Town of Farmington Land Acquisition Committee Chairman; Town of Farmington Town Wide Fire Station Building Committee Chairman; Town of Farmington River Access Committee Chairman; Town of Farmington Sewer Committee Chairman; Town of Farmington Goal 2 (Traffic and Land Use) Committee Chairman; Town of Farmington Municipal Green Efforts Subcommittee Chair; First Church of Christ Congregational Amistad Hall Building Committee Chair Rotary International Bridge Project Volunteer Project Manager; Rotary International Shelter 1 Project Volunteer Project Manager; Rotary International Shelter 2 Project Volunteer Project Manager; Farmington Land Trust Carey Barn foundation Volunteer Project Manager
Political Experience: Town of Farmington Town Council Member (2000-2011); Town of Farmington Town Plan and Zoning Commission Member (1997-1999); Town of Farmington Zoning Boards of Appeals Member (1996)
Issues Of Most Importance To Bill Wadsworth
Issue 1: State budget:
It is clear that the budget of the State of Connecticut is structurally flawed. Borrowing to fund general fund expenditures, failing to properly fund retirement pension and health care costs and creating excessive debt are just three of the many problems with the budget.
These issues and others like them push the cost of our current debt to future generations. We need to reverse this trend. It is imperative that the budget of the state government be reduced while still maintaining core services: education, public safety, public health and transportation. These should be the priorities of the spending of the State of Connecticut.
A business model must be enacted that will improve efficiencies, reduce cost and increase productivity. In addition, unfunded mandates to our municipal governments contribute to tax increases at the local level. In order to help control these town taxes, unfunded mandates must be eliminated. Government needs to deliver a high quality product at a reasonable cost.
We have a moral obligation to maintain a responsible government that we can proudly turn over to our children. I am dedicated protecting future generations by bringing a common sense approach to our budget.
Issue 2: Job creation:
Private sector jobs are the engine that drive our economy. The current attitude of the General Assembly is that private sector jobs exist to feed the State of Connecticut through an increasingly burdensome tax system. This is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. Our jobs policy must provide an environment to encourage businesses to continue to operate, expand their operations or attract businesses to the state. That necessitates fostering an environment in which the cost of doing business in the State of Connecticut will fall. Reducing taxes will translate into additional capital for businesses to reinvest in their operation.
Unfunded mandates are another issue that need to be addressed. Regulations that increase the cost of doing business are another reason employers choose to relocate out of state. For far too long, the State of Connecticut has abused the private sector the core of our economy. Without businesses in the private sector, there are no jobs. Without jobs, there is a poor quality of life for the people of Connecticut.
The most important factor in creating jobs is confidence. Employers must be confident that they are going to be treated respectfully by our state government for the long term.
Issue 3: Traffic:
Transportation is one of the cores services provided by the State of Connecticut and it simply makes sense to continue with improvements to our roadway systems along with making the right decisions about mass transit. We need to look at all forms of transportation improvements as an investment in our state that will pay dividends over many years in many ways.
The Town of Farmington has the distinction of being the tip of the funnel for all of the traffic coming from and going to the northwest quadrant of Connecticut. This has resulted in over 40 years of traffic congestion through the villages of Farmington and Unionville. There are a number of State of Connecticut Department of Transportation projects that will improve the capacity and safety of the state roads that pass through Farmington. These projects must be prioritized to be completed as soon as possible, as these projects are crucial in solving regional transportation issues. This includes both completing the Route 4 improvements in the center of Farmington and beginning much-needed improvements to the Route 4/Route 177/New Britain Avenue intersections in Unionville.
This is a quality of life issue that will eventually provide a safe and expeditious transit through the Town of Farmington for residents throughout the state of Connecticut.
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