Millington: Tetreau’s teeter tottering on important issues hurts Fairfield

Fairfield RTC Chairman Jamie Millington

Fairfield RTC Chairman Jamie Millington

To the Editor:

“There is no doubt that this is a particularly difficult budget year due to the loss of GE and Governor Dan Malloy’s intent to cut Fairfield’s education funding. Fairfield Republicans are pleased First Selectman Mike Tetreau will abandon his original budget and join our efforts toward a more balanced plan.

“The First Selectman said his original budget was based on the best information available. Make no mistake about it — the only thing that has changed today is the First Selectman’s position.

“We are concerned that the First Selectman’s recent blog update offers a false sense of security, and his overall approach to budgeting is inconsistent. The Connecticut General Assembly continues to debate new tolls, taxes and unfunded mandates that may negatively impact Fairfield. The state budget has not been passed. We do not know when it will be passed nor do we know if the Governor will sign it.

“Just as Fairfield saw two years ago when GE announced it was being taxed out of Connecticut, the First Selectman lacks principle and backbone. Mr. Tetreau’s teeter tottering on important issues has hurt Fairfield in the past. His teeter tottering is a political tactic to avoid accountability for his failures, which may leave our town vulnerable.

“The First Selectman remains unwilling to stand up to those in his party — like Democrat Governor Dan Malloy — who continue to advocate policies harmful to Fairfield and to our public schools.

“We thank the many parents and town residents who share our concerns on education, economic development and public safety. It is great to see that this coalition worked together to inundate the First Selectman’s office and officials in Hartford with calls and emails. The fight must continue. The voice of Fairfielders must be heard. Our town deserves its fair share of education aid from Hartford.

“The loss in tax revenue from GE and the state’s poor economics will put financial pressure on Fairfield. The town’s budget will remain lean, but we will ensure our residents receive the best possible services from our local government agencies. Our Republican elected officials will continue to fight for pro-growth policies to jumpstart our economy and needed reforms like the unfair and complex state education funding formula that continues to put financial strains on Fairfield.”

Jamie Millington

Fairfield RTC chairman

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