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Rich DePalma for State Representative


More Jobs - Lower Taxes - Improved Education & Job Training

“As your City Councilman, I understand the impact that harmful state policies have on our local economy, policies that have slowed economic growth contributing to the budget deficit problems now facing West Haven.

As your State Representative, I will work across the aisle to find new ways to ease our tax burden and bring economic growth to our State, West Haven and New Haven.”


Rich DePalma is a candidate who has the life, government, and business experience to bring a new perspective to Hartford. 

Rich has owned a home heating business, paid taxes and served the public for over 40 years.  He has been there to help people on those cold, wintery nights often deferring payment for his services until the customer was able to pay.  He is currently serving on the West Haven City Council.

How did over $5 billion in state tax increases result in...

Ongoing budget deficits.
Calls for new taxes, and fees.
State regulators insisting that West Haven Property taxes be increased.
Calls to implement tolls and another $10 million toll study!
The worse fiscal condition of any state in the Union.
Cuts to Education, Cities and Towns, Hospitals and more...

We need better solutions.

WE NEED JOBS, WE CAN INCREASE JOB OPPORTUNITIES by adopting policies, including regulation reform, that encourage businesses to stay here, and new businesses to come here. From good paying jobs to lower taxes, so much depends on a strong state economy.

LOWER TAXES by limiting wasteful spending. We need a spending and borrowing cap. We can no longer afford to have the worst fiscal condition in the country. Poor bond ratings cost taxpayers money.

PROTECT AND IMPROVE THE SAFETY-NET for those who need help, by holding state agencies accountable and privatizing when more efficient. We must better allocate our resources to avoid over-taxing our people and businesses.



Increase taxes or cut taxes?

Connecticut is in absolute crisis.

We have the highest tax burden in the nation. We in Connecticut have to work four weeks longer than the average American just to cover our tax bills! We need to work until May 21 – vs. April 23 on average (as reported by the Tax Foundation).

Eliminate the Corporate and Business Use taxes. WHY?

Our corporate tax raises less than 5% of the state’s total tax revenues, but Connecticut is uncompetitive with its neighbors and rivals. Businesses are just not coming to Connecticut or to West Haven, in fact they are leaving.

Since 1991, we have seen the slowest job growth in the entire nation. We lost 6,600 jobs in October 2017 alone.

Eliminating these taxes is a first step to make a bold statement and get businesses to start here, expand here, and relocate to Connecticut – and quickly – a real competitive advantage. We have to get jobs, businesses, and labor force participation moving in the right direction again. That is the only way we will ever be able to LOWER YOUR TAXES and improve your life with new opportunities.

Here in West Haven, the State is insisting on another property tax increase as a condition for aid in funding our deficit. More taxes, higher rents higher costs of living. This simply can't go on like this!


It is time to make transportation a priority. Our plan presents a long-term solution to advance transportation in Connecticut for the next generation. The plan creates a predictable and sustainable funding stream to ensure that transportation will be properly prioritized for the next three decades. Key components of the plan would require the state to:

1) Reserve a set amount of General Obligation Bonds to be used solely for transportation priorities.
2) Preserve Special Tax Obligation bonds dedicated to transportation.
3) Re-establish the Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) to work alongside CTDOT to assess proposed projects and identify community needs.

Benefits of the plan include:
        • An annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing over $1 billion annually over the next 30 years
        • No tax increases
        • No tolls
        • A reduction in state bonding compared to recent practices
        • Flexibility in setting transportation priorities
        • A sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations


Another tax on already overtaxed families in the form of tolls is not the answer. 

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times Michael DiMassa and his allies increase taxes or create new taxes, there’s never enough money. After years of spending transportation funds to cover up self-inflicted budget deficits, Democrats are once again moving forward to impose yet another tax on the people of our state, tolls. Malloy has recently funded in the bonding committee, another toll study, this time costing taxpayers $10 million.

A petition has been signed to bring the legislature back into session to stop this waste of taxpayer money but we don't expect to see Michael Dimassa signature on that anytime soon.

There is much we need to do before we even begin to think about imposing tolls on Connecticut families, let’s start with this…

Connecticut’s transportation administrative costs are highest in the nation, WHY?

Connecticut spends $99,417 per mile of road in administrative costs, nine times the national average.  Administrative disbursements typically include general and main-office expenditures in support of state-administered highways. A 2016 study by the Reason Foundation found that Connecticut ranked 47th in the nation in terms of cost effectiveness for its transportation spending. Connecticut has spent a total of $477,875 per mile of road in the state. The national average cost per mile is $178,116.*

The legislature and our new governor must dig deep into the Department of Transportation (DOT) to understand why costs of transportation maintenance road projects are so high in Connecticut. 

The argument being made is that tolls are needed to improve I-95 and Metro North, but the legislature’s idea of improving transportation has resulted in a $567 million bus lane from New Britain to Hartford for mostly empty buses.  They also chose to build a $1 billion rail line from Hartford to Springfield with operating costs of $27 million per year, rather than improving the Metro North line.

As if high administrative costs and misguided projects aren't bad enough the Democrat's in charge of the legislature for the past 30 years have periodicly raided the Special Transportation Fund to balance bloated budgets. Since 2000, approximately $160 million has been raided from transportation funds and swept into the General Fund,

 We don’t need more taxes or tolls. We need to start making better spending decisions.



Consider Zero-Based Budgeting

  • Even with “fixed” costs like debt service 20 to 25% of CT’s budget is “discretionary.” That means that their are savings to be found and waste to be eliminated.
  • Zero-based budgeting starts with a “blank piece of paper” not an already bloated budget with special interests and sacred cows baked in.
  • You add back only the services absolutely needed while finding creative ways to do things more effIciently.
  • With a two-year budget exceeding $40 billion, there are plenty of opportunities to identify savings and efficiencies.

  • Steps- Support the new Governor's efforts to:
    • Review every department and agency for waste, fraud, and abuse
    • Reward, with whistleblower protection, employees with cost savings ideas.
    • Consider the contracting out of public services to the private sector, where taxpayer dollars can be saved, starting with the DMV.
    • Explore new public-private partnerships to share the cost of aging infrastructure.
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