Preliminarily, Amann said, the Democratic House caucus will be pushing for more money for after-school programs, more funding for transportation improvements, pro-business legislation and working toward health care coverage for all children, something Amann said might not be ready until next year.
Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca, R-Woodbury, said the GOP is still assembling its priorities, but he said Republicans are eager to act on a Program Review and Investigations Committee report on reforming the state's tax structure, and another task force report on Educational Cost Sharing grants to municipalities expected in the next month. (Coleman)
The focus for the coming year ought to be economic. Last year's focus was largely social and political, which resulted in landmark legislation for campaign finance and civil unions. With those issues behind us, the focus should shift to jobs and taxes.
I'd like to see the legislature focus on ways to relieve some of the property tax burden, which has driven municipalities to cut school funding and make poor development choices.
I'd also like to see the state start working towards improving transportation in Connecticut, especially in the bottleneck of Fairfield County.
Property tax reform and an investment in roads, trains and buses will help promote economic growth and smart development, but only if done wisely and creatively. This legislature has already shown us that it can do extraordinary things, when prodded. They should take that creativity and drive and apply it to issues that will make Connecticut economically stronger this session.
Coleman, Tobin. "Election-year politics hover over legislative session." Stamford Advocate 2 January, 2006.