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This is brief overview of my story and why I am running for Connecticut State Representative in Stamford district 148. Thank you for taking the time to watch.
I was born in Mannheim Germany, 1932; We lived through the war there. Then we migrated to the U.S.A. in 1948. In 1954 I received in Bachelors of Science degree in chemical engineering at Carnegie Institute of technology in Pittsburg, PA. In 1962 i received my PHD at University of California, Berkley. I worked for IBM from 1958 and retired in 2002. Since then I have been contracting work for IBM.
You need a representative that will support your ideas, fight for the needs of your community and earn your respect. For someone who truly cares for Stamford Connecticut, look no further. Wilm Donath for district 148 state political representative.
Despite increasing taxes at a rate dramatically higher than inflation, the dangerous fiscal games played by Hartford Democrats continues to bring the state ever closer to bankruptcy. That Connecticut has one of the highest tax levels in the nation only serves to drive more residents out of the state. One recent estimate
Despite increasing taxes at a rate dramatically higher than inflation, the dangerous fiscal games played by Hartford Democrats continues to bring the state ever closer to bankruptcy. That Connecticut has one of the highest tax levels in the nation only serves to drive more residents out of the state. One recent estimate suggests as many as 65,000 people per year are leaving the state. The high rate at which people are leaving is also a function of the incompetent state bureaucracy that wastes our money. Worse, it is no secret that our state employee benefits, and pension systems are unsustainable.
Instead of eliminating wasteful spending, our state administration is doubling down. In recent budgets, new payroll taxes have been imposed, sales taxes on essential items have been increased and if that were not bad enough Governor Lamont immediately called for highway tolls. Thankfully our citizens stood together to defeat tolls.
It was not that long ago that the situation for the state government had become so bad they literally had to take out a loan to keep the lights on in the capitol building. This is a true story. It is a story that is a deep warning not being heeded by Hartford Democrats. They have avoided disaster over the last three years due to the uplift in the national economy. These have masked the deepening failures of Hartford Democrats. The tragedy which was the 2018 budget shows that Hartford Democrats have run out of ideas, hit a wall, and don’t where to go next. Future economic downturns will imperil Connecticut unless there is a serious effort to change.
Unfunded liabilities for unions and other state workers constitute another serious deficiency for Connecticut. Increasing taxes only serves to drive more residents out of the state.
We maintain that the Hartford Democrats have had some 40 years to discover true fiscal discipline. The evidence is that they will only make the situation worse going forward. If there is to be any real improvement in the quality of life in Connecticut, the better answer is to vote in Republicans who understand how fiscal discipline is done.
The state’s current environmental policies are wasteful and have achieved little improvement in the environment over the last several years. Despite these inadequate policies, technologies for reducing our impact on the environment are evolving, improving, and constantly becoming less expensive. The fear mongering around the “Green New Deal” needs to be replaced with a more thoughtful and deliberate approach which prioritizes the list of projects which actually protect the environment. We need policies which will create private sector incentives to reduce emissions and make a real difference.
The state of the energy system in Connecticut is much more fragile than is generally appreciated by the public. Costs are too high, the infrastructure is breaks down too often, and future projects are tangled up in ideological controversy.
Energy costs are a critical component to future economic growth. If Connecticut is to successfully attract new manufacturing operations here, energy costs will have to be lowered considerably over the next several years. Currently, oil and natural gas costs in Connecticut are among the highest in the nation.
Misguided alternative energy projects have caused energy costs to rise to among the highest in the country.
The utilities in Connecticut have managed to improve some problems with distribution reliability. Still, aging infrastructure all around the state makes future distribution capabilities problematic. I will work with fellow Republicans to implement more and better market solutions that strengthen our system of energy production and distribution.
Moreover, Republicans want to roll back regulation, develop new incentives, and otherwise getting out the way of companies so they can develop their products and markets. We need to advocate for our community to bring energy prices in line with the rest of the country and improve infrastructure reliability.
Connecticut is a case study in how government regulation drives up prices. Moreover, attempting to subsidize some energy costs only weakens the economy in other sectors. Republicans continue to argue for free market ideas over greater regulation as the best way to make sure energy is priced rationally.
TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE
The state budget uses some $2 billion annually for road repair projects. With one of the nation’s highest dollars-per-mile construction and repair costs in the nation, the state is saddled with wasteful government practices. We overspend on projects that have low usage and low returns across the state.
Our local transit system is also ineffective. We need a modern transportation system for the 21st century. In an experiment, a person found out how long it takes for mass transportation to get from Stamford to Hartford. It took eight hours. That is an obviously terrible system which needs to be improved on all levels. Also, it takes longer today than 10 years ago to travel from Greenwich to Grand Central. In an era of ride sharing we have buses which run half full most of the time. It will take the kind of leadership currently missing in Hartford to be able to accomplish the needed solutions.
Also, Stamford’s roads have been complained about for many years. Potholes, crumbling asphalt, bouncy roads, you name it, there is something for everyone to complain about. The state also has a number of issues that remain unresolved. One complaint is that money is overspent on roads with low usage.
There are many creative approaches to solving Connecticut’s many transportation problems. It will take the kind of leadership currently missing in Hartford to be able to fix these problems. For example, Hartford Democrats have legislated the existing rail system throughout the state into near-death. There is a remarkable amount of unused track. Recently, an initiative was started in Danbury to restore track which will enable residents to ride directly to New York City. Republican legislative initiatives will open up new sectors of economic development for Connecticut by restoring those rail lines.
Connecticut was a powerful economic force in this nation’s history. The list of accomplishments was profound: The real first human powered flight, the development of jet engines and parachutes, mass production techniques, the machine tool industry, and even the zipper, the whiffle ball and the pez dispenser; the list goes on and o
Connecticut was a powerful economic force in this nation’s history. The list of accomplishments was profound: The real first human powered flight, the development of jet engines and parachutes, mass production techniques, the machine tool industry, and even the zipper, the whiffle ball and the pez dispenser; the list goes on and on. But something went very wrong. It started in the 1980s. Increasingly leftist policies by the state’s elected Democrats and growing clout of the unions led to state laws, regulations and policies that degraded innovation and manufacturing in Connecticut. The state dropped in rankings for patent activity, manufacturing and economic growth. The most negative impact by the Hartford Democrat’s control began to be felt after 2010. The population has been flat to declining, while per capita income has gone down.
But we have an opportunity to reverse this decline. Republicans will do a much better job of bringing back businesses to Connecticut by rejecting burdensome and unnecessary regulations; by taking advantage of federal incentives, and by creating communities of innovation in emerging areas of technology.
UPDATE: The dramatic increase in tax and spend over the last ten years has been a major factor causing people to leave this state in such large numbers. While real estate prices in America have risen approximately 40% or more since 2010, Stamford’s real estate prices only rose 1%. This has created serious challenges for homeowners in Stamford.
Conversely, there is a shortage of entry level and affordable housing. This, plus the astonishing number of unfunded mandates passed by the Connecticut legislature sends a strong message to local cities and towns with their outrageous demands. Failed Democrat ideas such as regionalization and banning single unit housing (you read that right) only add costs without delivering results for taxpayers. Republicans will develop rational policies for housing, residential and commercial construction as well as laying a better foundation for urban planning.
The formula which determines how funds are allocated to our school district needs to be modified. Stamford gets back 6 cents for every tax dollar it sends to Hartford. Since public education makes up around 70% of the city budget, it is public education which gets hurt the most by Hartford Democrat’s inherent inequality.
The formula which determines how funds are allocated to our school district needs to be modified. Stamford gets back 6 cents for every tax dollar it sends to Hartford. Since public education makes up around 70% of the city budget, it is public education which gets hurt the most by Hartford Democrat’s inherent inequality. The way money from Hartford is allocated by the legislature must be changed to reflect the changing realities of public education.
A new formula must recognize the need for better access for all students. Access though must be to a system of education that works effectively. Quality of learning, quality of curriculum, these should be of central concern in upgrading education in Stamford. We assert that the board of education, along with strong input from the community of parents, is needed to make sure the students are getting the best possible education.
Hartford Democrats have been no friend of public education. Public school systems have to handle over 70 unfunded mandates imposed on them over the years. It just becomes one more reason for parents to decide their children can get a better education either at private, parochial or charter schools, or in another state.
Rather than an unending stream of unfunded mandates, strategic rethinking of education is needed by the legislature. Corporate hiring practices have changed in the last few years. Instead of resumes, companies are evaluating applicants based on their skill sets. What are you good at? What can you do now? On the job training, and in some cases, remedial learning by corporations is still done, but the rapid growth of digital technologies is forcing skill sets to become a central concern.
Connecticut’s public education policies are more than several steps behind these changes. If elected, I will be pushing hard to get the legislature to catch up to reality.
The pandemic has forced a rethinking of how education is delivered to students. Schools are still learning how to adapt and to improve access. This is part of a larger evolution of education outside the traditional classroom. Republicans will support the most effective methods of learning.
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