Updates from the trail

In the event Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst should find himself as Connecticut’s next governor, he has already identified which person will be the recipient of his first telephone call in that new job: his Florida counterpart, Rick Scott.

“If I’m governor, my first call is going to be to Governor Scott and I will tell him to stay the hell out of my state,” said Herbst, citing the Florida Republican’s visit to Connecticut in June when he urged business leaders to “capitulate and come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves.” But Herbst added that Scott’s attempt to lure away Connecticut businesses would not have occurred if the state was viewed nationally as a pro-business environment. “We have an image problem, a confidence problem, a morale problem.”

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The feckless leadership of Hartford insiders is now directly harming the most vulnerable Connecticut residents. Incapable of tackling our crushing unfunded liability crisis due to their blind subservience to big-labor special interests, Governor Malloy and his allies have begun to make catastrophic and poorly conceived cutbacks to some services as they struggle to finalize a budget. In the process, they have shirked their responsibility to pursue long term reform.

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Timothy Herbst’s reputation precedes him on a summer evening’s visit with the Republican Town Committee in Cheshire. In eight years as first selectman of Trumbull, plus one statewide campaign for treasurer, Herbst has been a pugnacious mixer, happy to scrap in person, in the media or via his personal political action committee.

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TRUMBULL — In many school districts across the state, standardized test score are something to be studied and analyzed.

In Trumbull, the scores are being celebrated.

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First Selectman Tim Herbst’s gubernatorial campaign is closing in on qualifying for funding through the state’s Citizens Election Program, raising just over $65,000 in the last three months to end June about $100,000 short of the required $250,000. Candidates who raise $250,000 in qualifying donations are eligible to receive $1.4 million in state funds for a primary campaign, and another $6.5 million to the nominees for the general election. Qualifying donations must be in increments of $100 or less, and 90% must come from state residents.

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Seven years into Connecticut’s self-inflicted fiscal crisis, Governor Dan Malloy and his insider allies in Hartford are once again looking to struggling Connecticut families and businesses to sacrifice more rather than bringing real reform to a broken state government and crushing unfunded liabilities.

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Angered by support for a House Democratic proposal to hike the sales tax to 6.99 percent and increase other taxes, Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst said Tuesday that he is withdrawing his town from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Trumbull is refusing to pay its membership dues of nearly $23,000 annually to the top lobbying group that represents the vast majority of Connecticut's cities and towns.

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TRUMBULL, CT — First Selectman and GOP governor candidate Tim Herbst announced that his campaign has raised more than $148,000 in the first two quarters of 2017 for his gubernatorial run.

The funds were raised from 1,644 individual donors, 92 percent of whom are in-state. About 96 percent of the total raised will count as qualifying funds under the Citizens Election Program.

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Members of Congress enjoy famously generous federal health coverage benefits—but the evidence continues to show that the average Connecticut state government employee does even better.

Some unusual new evidence has surfaced in the persons of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Rep. John Larson, and former U.S. Reps. Rob Simmons and Chris Shays.

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Seven years of one-party rule under the disastrous leadership of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and more than a decade of irresponsible stewardship of our state by Hartford insiders has brought Connecticut to ruin. Our state is facing another grave fiscal crisis our state leaders have made worse by pursuing a job-crushing, tax-hiking agenda that ignores the need for fundamental reform.

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