Saying Connecticut should be a state people want to live in, not move
out of, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton launched his campaign bid Wednesday.
49, who won his 7th term as mayor in November, said people are moving
out of the state, and the state's idea of economic development is
writing a check to companies who say they want to leave.
to change the fundamental tax structure," Boughton said. "State
government is too big. It's to unwieldy, it's too cumbersome."
stuck to his continuing theme that he is a working-class candidate, a
person from humble roots who has about $1,000 in the bank. He observed
that his wife Phyllis runs a small business with three or four
employees. He understands the challenges facing small businesses. He is
seeking public financing for his campaign, which requires hundreds of
small donations from his supporters.
"It's one voter at a time. One check at a time. One town at a time," Boughton said.
said Danbury's unemployment rate has been lower than the state average
for years, and monthly unemployment rate statistics from the state
Department of Labor show the Danbury region has had the lowest or second
to lowest rate for two decades. Boughton joked he'd like to take credit
for that, but he couldn't.
"Danbury is vibrant because it is so diverse," Boughton said. "That is what the state has to work on."
said Connecticut has to work as hard at attracting new businesses as
New York has and North Carolina. He said it isn't about writing checks
to the firms, but creating a business climate with friendlier taxes and