The Republicans were shocked to learn of Governor Malloy’s latest proposal to cut over $20 million in
state grant funding to Southington. Southington is a balanced community where citizens pay federal,
state and local taxes and in return would like to benefit from those dollars. Southington has a very
tightly controlled local spending and taxes and has grown the healthiest reserve fund balance in history.
Now we are placed in the penalty box as Connecticut’s contribution to education & programs in
Southington will be diverted elsewhere, especially to cities that have failed to adapt to the times and
prosper. We remain confident that Republican leadership is best suited to react to this situation and
then proactively help resolve the problems in the state. Why? Because Republicans will take a business
approach, leave all options open, collaborate with anyone willing and able to help, and develop a sound
plan to address the real issues for the long term.