Jan 7, 2014
08:49 AM
Connecticut Politics

Shelton Mayor, Gov Candidate Lauretti Says "Businesses Need a Break"

Shelton Mayor, Gov Candidate Lauretti Says "Businesses Need a Break"

Screenshot of First Selectman Timothy Herbst on Face the State.

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who filed paperwork to run for governor last month, said he wants to bring the model of government that’s created “prosperity” in Shelton to the whole state if elected.

Lauretti, who was recently elected to his 12th term in office, made these comments on WFSB’s Face the State to host Dennis House, broadcast Sunday morning.

Lauretti focused on the state’s business climate as his main frustration with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (who has yet to announce if he’s running for re-election) and the biggest area he’d change as governor.

“I think that there’s a general frustration out there amongst people who serve the public, like myself, as well as people who live here, businesses who operate here about the financial direction of our state,” he said.

Lauretti pointed to the state’s unemployment numbers, business regulations and taxes and said “businesses need a break, the average working person needs a break.” They aren’t getting that with Malloy, he said.

In Shelton, Lauretti said they haven’t given any incentives for businesses to move or expand there, but said it’s still a place where businesses like to go.

“I think it’s a sad commentary with the only way you can keep big business in the state is you have to pay them to stay here…and really who’s paying for it? It’s on the backs of the working people,” Lauretti said.

Lauretti said he plans to qualify for the state’s public campaign financing grant in the next four to five months.

Though asked by House, Lauretti didn’t get specific about what he thought of the other Republican candidates for governor. House asked him specifically about the gun control bill passed by the Connecticut General Assembly last year, which Lauretti said he does not support.

“I don’t think it gets us there. I think that there are other mitigating factors that cause these things…” he said, mentioning health care and a look at video games.

Lauretti joins Sen. Majority Leader John McKinney as an officially declare candidate. Former Ambassador Tom Foley, State Sen. Toni Boucher, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton have all formed exploratory committees.

Lauretti explored a run for governor first in 2010 when he started a petition drive to get on the Republican ticket. He then decided against running after a federal investigation into corruption in the city. Lauretti was never charged.

In 2012, he considered running for Congress in the fourth district against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

State Democratic Party Spokesperson James Hallinan said “embattled Mayor” Lauretti is just “more of the same.”

"… another GOP candidate who stood in support of the Tea Party government shutdown that cost Connecticut thousands of jobs and millions of dollars, and who also stood against working families on minimum wage increases and paid sick leave."

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Shelton Mayor, Gov Candidate Lauretti Says "Businesses Need a Break"

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