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Letter to Editor " It's the Economy, Stupid"

James Carvell, the Democrat strategist for Bill Clinton, once said that one of the three main issues of the 1992 presidential campaign was “the economy, stupid.”

Truth in Accounting released their report, The Financial State of the States 2020 today (September 22, 2020).  Perfect timing. Last week I sent my first political postcard to registered voters in the 9th District (Manchester and East Hartford). It emphasised my opponent’s voting record on taxes.  Representative Jason Rojas supported each and every tax increase and today the Truth in Accounting gave him his grade - an F.  Connecticut is ranked 48 out of 50 - the third worst in financial health, and this was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

According to the report, “Connecticut’s elected officials have made repeated financial decisions that left the state with a debt burden of $67.4 billion.  That burden equates to $50,700 for every state taxpayer.”   Another area where Connecticut failed was timely financial reporting, which indicates manipulation or “shell game” of funds. This squarely lies on Representative Rojas’ shoulder’s since he is co-chairman of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee along with his fellow Democrats who have retained control of the governorship and legislature for the past decade.  

In a recent article in the Journal Inquirer (5/20/2020), Rojas stated that the increase in the “Rainy Day Fund” was due to his “critical budget reforms,” which in reality was the Republican call for budget cuts.  When I asked him what those reforms were and the law that was passed to cement these reforms permanently into law, he did not respond.  Ironically, some of the reforms that the Truth in Accounting report suggests are those that are listed on my website; balanced budget, improved budget accountability and reporting tools.   

In speaking with a voter last night, she stated that my postcard was “negative campaigning” and my response was that as a life-long resident of my beloved state, I am angry and I am speaking the truth.  You don’t need to like me personally but you need to trust that I will do what is right for Connecticut and my constituents.  That will mean making very difficult choices, which no one has been willing to do, especially Representative Rojas. His primary goal according to the skuttlebutt in political circles, is to become Majority Leader and then Speaker of the House (or Minority Leader), clearly he is a loyal Party man.  What about focusing on what truly matters such as the fiscal health of our state and its residents?  

It’s the economy, stupid.

Paid for by Elect Hopperstad 2020, Linda J. Shapiro, Treasurer.  Approved by Cathy Hopperstad.
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