Category Archives: Critical Issues

Hwang on Taxes & Affordability

Hwang on Taxes & Affordability

Despite one of the worst economic conditions in generations, the Legislature’s majority passed the largest increase in taxes & fees in CT’s history, which equaled over $2 billion dollars to our residents. The budget directly increased taxes on middle class families. CT’s rate of spending and borrowing is unacceptable.

Reduce Government Spending and Ease the Tax Burden on CT Families

SOLUTIONS:

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY:
Voted against budget implementation proposals that increased governmental spending without accountability, and proposed alternative budget options. Objected to excessive bonding that places overwhelming debt on taxpayers and future generations. CT already has the highest debt ratio per person in the nation. Recent budget/bonding have only added to this problem.

GOVERNMENT EXCESS:
Proposed to eliminate longevity bonuses, which reward state employees simply for long term employment, a practice that is outdated and far too expensive to maintain.

PENSION REFORM:
Proposed to evaluate “defined benefit” pension, one of the fastest growing pieces of the state budget, against the benefits of a “defined contribution” plan, similar to private sector pension plans around the country.

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Hwang on Economy & Jobs

Hwang on Economy & Jobs

Economic uncertainty, high governmental costs and restrictive regulatory bureaucracy are tremendous barriers to the creation of private sector jobs. Unfortunately, these factors are what employers and small businesses in our state struggle with every day. Empower and Support Our Businesses Toward Long-Term Growth & Success SOLUTIONS: Eliminate Outdated and Bureaucratic Regulations (PA 14-187) Helped draft… Continue Reading

Hwang on Fiscal Accountability & Social Responsibility

Hwang on Fiscal Accountability & Social Responsibility

We can maintain a balance between fiscal accountability and social responsibility. Government has a moral responsibility to ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk in our communities are protected and guided to self-empowerment. Commitment to Community Historic Autism Insurance Coverage (PA 13-84) Championed bipartisan legislation ensuring individuals with autism, who are currently covered by 2008 insurance legislation,… Continue Reading

Tired of the onslaught of tax increases and out-of-control state spending?

Tired of the onslaught of tax increases and out-of-control state spending?

So is Tony Hwang! Tony is committed to lower taxes and a more efficient state government. What’s Holding CT Back: 5th worse state in which to do business (CNBC) $2.8 billion deficit (OFA) High energy and gas prices Worst state for retirement (topretirements.com) Job recovery trails nation and region TONY: Has opposed – and will… Continue Reading

Seniors, are you worried about your future in Connecticut?

Seniors, are you worried about your future in Connecticut?

So is Tony Hwang! CT is an expensive place to live and retire. High taxes, particularly property taxes, and high energy costs are a heavy burden on those living on a fixed income. Increasingly, people who have lived and loved CT their whole lives are forced to move to less expensive states. Connecticut has the… Continue Reading

Are You Tired Of Empty Promises On Jobs?

Are You Tired Of Empty Promises On Jobs?

So is Tony Hwang! Connecticut has a reputation of being hostile to job creation.  High taxes, high costs, and a burdensome regulatory environment make Connecticut a tough place to do business.  Jobs are scarce, and businesses are closing. Connecticut has the 5th worst business climate in America (CNBC) Connecticut has the 3rd highest state and local tax burden in… Continue Reading

Are You Tired of a Top-Down Approach to Education?

Are You Tired of a Top-Down Approach to Education?

So is Tony Hwang! From No Child Left Behind and the Common Core Curriculum Standards to the new Teacher Evaluation procedures, educational decisions are being made in Washington and Hartford, not where they belong – with our local teachers, parents, and administrators. Without important input from these stakeholders: Connecticut teachers have lost faith in the… Continue Reading

Hwang Has A Real Plan To Get The Metro North Rail Service Back On Track

Hwang Has A Real Plan To Get The Metro North Rail Service Back On Track

Tired of empty promises about Metro-North? So is Tony Hwang! “Hwang has fought efforts to raid the Special Transportation Fund and supported increased spending to keep our trains safe and on time. It is without hesitation that I endorse Tony Hwang for the State Senate and I encourage commuters to support his candidacy, too.” – Jim Cameron,… Continue Reading

Tony Hwang Highlights Importance of Manufacturing to Economy, Job Creation

Tony Hwang Highlights Importance of Manufacturing to Economy, Job Creation

Evidencing Tony Hwang’s commitment to manufacturing and the significant role it plays in Connecticut’s economy and job creation, the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame invited him to speak at its annual dinner earlier this month. The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame is located at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Thanks to Tony’s leadership and effective advocacy,… Continue Reading

New Haven Line Will Get Much-Needed Boost From $161 Million Federal Grant

New Haven Line Will Get Much-Needed Boost From $161 Million Federal Grant

Tony Hwang, state senate candidate for the 28th District, released the following statement on yesterday’s announcement that Connecticut has been awarded a $161 million federal grant to help cover the costs of replacing the antiquated Walk Bridge in Norwalk: “This is excellent news and a major step in the right direction. For far too long,… Continue Reading