Lawmakers Urge Override of Malloy's Veto of Waterbury-Oxford Airport Bill

All local lawmakers sign a letter urging the override.

Local lawmakers are attempting their colleauges in the House and Senate to override Gov. Dannel Malloy's veto of the economic development bill that was drafted to bring businesses and jobs to the area around Waterbury-Oxford Airport.

The following is a copy of the letter lawmakers drafted Thursday. A PDF copy is attached. 

July 14, 2011

The Honorable Christopher G. Donovan 
Connecticut House of Representatives 
Legislative Office Building 
Room 4100 
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

The Honorable Donald E. Williams
Senate President Pro Tempore
State Capitol
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Dear Speaker Donovan and Senator Williams:

Last month, we stood together as Democrats and Republicans to show our support for a business-friendly bill. 

House Bill 6529, An Act Promoting Economic Development in the Area Surrounding Oxford Airport, passed unanimously in the State Senate and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 137 to 1.  Unfortunately, the bill was vetoed by the governor on July 8.

The General Assembly will soon hold its veto override session.  At that time, legislators will have the opportunity to decide which, if any, of the governor’s vetoes they will attempt to override. As you know, a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and the House of Representatives is required to override a gubernatorial veto.

If House Bill 6529 becomes law, this bill will:

    • Boost economic activity in the towns we represent.
    • Provide local businesses an opportunity to expand their payrolls and create jobs.
    • Offset costs and burdens for local taxpayers. 

Oxford, Middlebury and Southbury need jobs now.  Ours is one of the fastest growing residential regions in the state, but we need more commercial activity.  Providing incentives for the development of the area surrounding Oxford Airport will provide the economic activity our towns so desperately need.

Speaker Donovan and Senator Williams, we have been presented with a golden opportunity: an opportunity to show that Connecticut is open for business.

We can seize that opportunity by overriding this veto.  We can show that the Connecticut legislature understands the need for jobs and job creation.


State Senator Rob Kane 
State Representative David Labriola 
State Representative Anthony D’Amelio 
State Representative Arthur O’Neill


Janis Hardy July 16, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Carol, the beginning of the 'vision' was more than 20 years ago: actually much activity took place during my time on the BOS. So how long do we have to wait for it to come to fruition? Or do we create another vision, and then another, and then another, until we become so paralyzed by visions and 'studies of the vision' that nothing ever gets done? Unfortunately Hartford continually drags its feet while the democrats produce more and more business-unfriendly regulation and high taxation. Malloy wants to entice business? Well, maybe he ought to start looking at what the established 'vision' is!
Janis Hardy July 16, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Carol, apparently you never got your education on what the political duties and responsibilities of the Chairman of the Town Committee are. So sad that the town committees share this failure to educate their members and their leaders about the political knowledge and activities they should be engaging in. Too bad prior town committee members have not passed on their history.....
Craig Zac July 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM
But will our taxes really go down if we let more business in? It seems that chanting "its better for the homeowner who will pay less in taxes" is used as a silver bullet of sorts to get things like this to pass... then what happens? everyone goes on about their ways and the homeowner gets to foot the bill so to speak, once again. How about we get a solid promise, in writing, A contract of sorts, that if approved, and business does come in, we as homeowners will get our taxes lowered and by how much, this way we will know who in government is for the people and who is for their pocketbooks and wallets!
John M. Joy July 26, 2011 at 12:40 PM
The 800-pound gorilla in any municipal budget is EDUCATION. A family with even one child, unless they live in a mansion, probably isn't paying enough in property taxes to cover the expenses of that child attending the public schools, let alone any of the other municipal services they consume. Businesses, by definition, don't have children (not the literal, homo sapiens sense). Therefore, even though they do consume other town resources (such as road usage, reliance on emergency services, etc.), by and large this pales in comparison to what they're compelled to pay in taxes. Businesses also tend to need to have a few things done for them, so they create those things called JOBS, thus enabling others in the community to pay their taxes, mortgages, grocery bills, etc. Taxes are a "cost of doing business" for a commercial establishment, and become part of the overall calculus of its strategic planning. Make that cost too great, and the equation comes out in favor of locating elsewhere (taking their taxes-but-no-kiddies, jobs, ...) with them.
kathy johnson July 26, 2011 at 01:43 PM
I believe there is always a piece missing to "John Q. Public" . One does not have to be an insider with insider knowledge to think this way. After all the best chess players win because they tend to be a little paranoid of their opponent and therefore are able to anticipate many chest moves ahead. My feeling is that our Governor is taking his time for reasons concerning the whole state and wants to see all towns prosper and that he is paying close attention to our town and that we will see businesses spring up around the airport soon. What elected officially of either party would risk such political fall out if there was not a good reason? Kathy


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