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EXCLUSIVE: Republican Rep. Anne Dauphinais on CT’s Spending Problem

April 15, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Rep. Anne Dauphinais on CT’s Spending Problem

All roads for Dauphinais lead to the state's "spending problem."

Reclaim Connecticut recently talked to State Rep. Anne Dauphinais (R-Killingly) to discuss the ‘state of the state.’

Conservative Voice

A conservative voice in the House, Dauphinais was quick to identify the state’s main problem, saying “we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”

Dauphinais made it clear that she doesn’t want to see any “taxes raised, fees added,” nor any “mandates or regulations” to solve the state’s fiscal problems.

Budget “Prioritization”

Dauphinais stressed what she called the “prioritization” of revenues that are currently collected. Giving “fire departments [and] schools” as examples of spending items that need to be addressed and focused on.

When asked about the local response from her district’s leaders to Governor Malloy’s (D-Conn.) budget, she spoke bluntly of officials’ “fears,” stressing her support for local control rather than “unfunded state mandates.”

Top Issues

When asked about issues that Dauphinais thought need attention, her general theme was “where the money [is] going.” Dauphinais talked about how money collected for specific causes over the years is then “wasted” and moved to the general fund, never making it to where it needs to go.

Tolls

All roads for Dauphinais lead to the state’s “spending problem.” The representative was clear, when asked, about the idea of bringing tolls back: she does not support them.