EXCLUSIVE…State Rep. Ohler: “These Two Weeks Will Dictate Future Generations”May 26, 2017
State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) talks to Reclaim Connecticut about his frustration with the lack of engagement in the legislature, the last two weeks of session, and more.
“This is an opportunity to save the residents and businesses, everyone who has a stake in the state millions of dollars. Millions!”
That was just one part of a passionate speech State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) on campaign finance, partisanship, and apathy that caught the attention of many on Thursday.
Reclaim Connecticut spoke to Ohler, a veteran who also talked about how much Memorial Day means to him in the above speech, on Friday morning.
“MY BLOOD STARTS TO BOIL”
Ohler’s comments came amid a five-hour debate over campaign finance reform in Connecticut.
“Everyone wants to put in their two cents, but what I saw play out over those five hours,” Ohler said, was “people weren’t engaged in the debate at times.”
“My blood starts to boil around hour three.”
“There were a lot of amendments raised that could have drastically saved millions of dollars over the life of the program for the taxpayers of Connecticut,” Ohler said.
Ohler, though, suggested the lack of support for money-saving ideas will hurt the state when a budget is due in a few weeks.
“When we come back on Tuesday, we have two weeks,” Ohler said. “And these two weeks will dictate future generations.”
“THIS IS REAL MONEY”
Amendments Ohler supported, and he and other Republicans introduced, would have saved taxpayers millions of dollars by making changes to the taxpayer-funded Citizens Election Program (CEP).
“It’s not monopoly money,” Ohler said. “This is real money that affects our families and businesses.”
Ohler said that, if he runs for re-election in 2018, he will consider opting out of CEP funds.
“It needs to be eliminated, and back to the drawing program.”
“IT’S GONNA BE THE DEMISE OF OUR STATE”
Ohler also talked about solving partisanship problems in the state.
“I think it starts from the top,” Ohler said. “I see a lot of partisan divide coming from the governor’s office.”
Ohler said that it feels at times like the ruling Democrats don’t let Republican ideas get through.
“It’s almost as if the decision’s been made before the bill even comes out,” Ohler said, adding “[t]hat’s the process that I spoke out against yesterday, in a very passionate way.”
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