Sen. Len Suzio, Fiscal Conservative, Votes For Democratic Budget

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Senator Len Suzio has earned a reputation at the state Capitol over the past 17 months as a tax-cutting fiscal conservative.

As such, Suzio surprised many Tuesday night when he was the only Republican who voted in favor of the Democratic-written budget that increased spending. Only one hour before the vote, he had led the fight to cut the state\’s gasoline tax in a move that was soundly rejected by the Democratic majority.

When asked about his vote on the Democratic budget, Suzio joked, \”I\’ve become a liberal.\’\’

In all seriousness, Suzio said he needed to vote in favor of the budget because it provides extensive funding for the four communities that he represents: Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield, and Cheshire. All of those communities will receive increased education cost-sharing money under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy\’s education package. In addition, the Edison School – a popular magnet school in Meriden – will also receive a funding hike.

\”Meriden, itself, is a poor city, and we need all the help we can get,\’\’ Suzio told Capitol Watch on Tuesday night. \”It\’s a win-win for my district. The Republican alternative budget contained all that same funding.\’\’

In the end, Suzio said he must think first about his district.

\”I\’m a conservative. I don\’t deny that,\’\’ he said outside the Senate caucus room. \”I\’m proud of it. But if you\’re not practical in politics, you\’ll never be successful in politics.\’\’

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2 thoughts on “Sen. Len Suzio, Fiscal Conservative, Votes For Democratic Budget

  1. Palin Smith

    Too bad his principles are lost to fear for reelection.
    He will lose precisely because he panders!

  2. Palin Smith

    Suzio said, “But if you’re not practical in politics, you’ll never be successful in politics.”

    How about being right?!

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