"If the state finally has the will to make the needed reforms to state government, then I refuse to accept that new taxes are necessary," Martin says. "The best way to increase the state's revenue situation is to allow businesses to grow."
Nicastro opposes any initiative that raises taxes on the middle class but says he'd support eliminating provisions that protect large corporations and non-salary income for the rich.
"The time has come for small business to stop 'carrying the water' for big business," Nicastro says. "I won't cry crocodile tears for closing the loopholes for billionaires."
Martin, a real estate agent and former
Nicastro, a business executive, college instructor and former Chamber of Commerce chief, contends that he'd be an independent voice for the region, not an automatic "yes" vote for Democratic leadership or Malloy. Nicastro says he can get past partisan politics.
"One of the primary tenets of my campaign is that we -- the legislature and the administration -- have to start talking to one another and stop talking past each other," Nicastro says. "I pledge to work with all those involved and that I will never speak negatively about the state in order to make political points as many have done."
Martin says he's never been bogged down in partisan bickering.
"I have always made working effectively with the other party a priority. The key is building personal relationships with all elected officials regardless of our political philosophy," Martin says. "I demonstrated this in my first term in the
Martin opposes raising
Nicastro supports a
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