DeLauro talks sequestration in Ansonia

Derby Mayor Tony Staffieri talks about the potential effects of sequestration on the city.

Derby Mayor Tony Staffieri talks about the potential effects of sequestration on the city.

The effects of the federal sequestration will begin to make themselves felt in the coming months, and those effects could have a profound impact on quality of life in the region, according to U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District.
DeLauro hosted a meeting with community leaders from around the district Monday at Molto Bene in Ansonia. About 20 mayors and first selectmen attended to discuss the possible effects of the federal budget impasse on communities.
“The purpose of this meeting is to focus on what is happening as a result of the sequestration,” DeLauro said during a media session after the closed-door discussion with the community leaders.
Asked how she would explain to taxpayers how the sequestration would affect their daily lives, DeLauro said the effects of the situation would take months to manifest.
“We never assumed this was the cliff,” she said. “This will happen somewhat gradually, but there will be a profound effect.”
For example, DeLauro mentioned the regional airports, Tweed New Haven and Oxford.
“If Tweed closes, that will affect the regional economy,” she said. “Also, we could have $2.5 billion cut from disaster relief funding, including the Army Corps of Engineers that are curently working to repair our communities from Hurricane Sandy and the blizzard.”
But the effects of sequestration go beyond the big picture, trickling down to individuals living in the community.
“It’s not just things like airports, it’s the people who work there. These are their jobs,” she said. “It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it will happen.”
Derby Mayor Tony Staffieri said the federal budget deadlock was unsettling to municipalities.
“We’re just beginning our budget process, and we just don’t know what the net result will be, especially considering the state is also thinking about eliminating the car tax, too,” Staffieri said. “Just that one thing, the car tax, could force towns to raise property taxes by 3 to 4 mills.”
Staffieri siad the domino effect of potential government employee layoffs was what worried him most.
“It’s not just the teacher or the custodian getting laid off,” he said. “It affects the entire local economy. When they aren’t working they don’t go shop downtown or stop at the luncheonette for breakfast on their way to work.”
Milford Mayor Ben Blake, whose city was hit hardest by Sandy, said Milford was depending upon federal assistance to recover from the storm.
“The federal relief is what we need to reimbuse the city for the enormous expense of Sandy cleanup and also to help homeowners who lost everything and have nowhere else to turn,” he said. “This disaster took longer to fund than any other, for whatever reason, and now that the federal dollars are finally here, we’re already losing it to sequester.”

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  • Christopher

    “’The purpose of this meeting is to focus on what is happening as a result of the sequestration,’ DeLauro said”. More interesting is what she DIDN’T say. Prior to sequestration all we heard about were unnecessary, vote-winning, budget-busting pork-projects endorsed by DeLauro. This sequester is the first time we’ve been forced to deal with the exploding federal debt and make a meaningful cut to anything. To those who love liberty, freedom and not being held hostage by the run-a-way-train spending of government, sequestration is welcome—and long overdue. We need to have one every year. If DeLauro had agreed to cut bloated, duplicate, wasteful programs—without insisting on new taxes—then sequester wouldn’t have happened. She already managed to approve 13 new tax increases for 2013. Now DeLauro needs to start working on making reasonable cuts—and end her war on the middle class: Sequester pain suffered by DeLauro: “Depending on regional differences and other variables, House members are given $1.2 million to $1.5 million each year to run their offices… For Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, the pain of having to cut her office budget parallels the hurt the sequester causes federal programs and agencies. ‘We are going through the office budget line-by-line to cut expenses and make the same types of tough budget choices as the rest of the federal government,’ DeLauro said. ‘With our small [?!] budget, the decisions we will have to make are a reflection of how small cuts everywhere will hurt the economy. We buy less, pay less and hire less.’”’-office-budgets Anyone who closely follows the antics of a careerist politician like DeLauro knows very well that these “regional offices” function primarily as a perpetual re-election campaign headquarters. The fact that someone like DeLauro gets over $1 million per year in YOUR tax dollars—essentially to keep herself entrenched in Washington—is one of the many political scandals that the media choose to ignore.

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