6 February 2018
Joint Press Release:
Micah Welintukonis, unaffiliated candidate for governor, announced Saturday at a campaign event that Chiara Mannheimer, a resident of Torrington, will be his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
Chiara offers diversity and a skill set lacking in most politicians. She feels that being able to relate to all the residents of Connecticut, and not just the select few that the major political parties cater to, is an essential need in order for our state to grow and thrive.
Chiara stated she wants Connecticut to regain its title as one of the best places to live, learn, and build business. She says she respects Micah for his boots on the ground approach to addressing the issues facing the state, and his willingness to be the initiator of change, rather than sitting back expecting change to happen.
Micah said, “This is an important moment for the people of Connecticut to have a real voice in change. Voters are taking notice of and appreciating our grass roots efforts. Our motto ‘ConnectiCan’ means that we can forge ahead, we can bring about necessary change, and we can truly represent all the people.”
With people like Micah and Chiara willing to make the changes this state needs, we are on to the start of something great for Connecticut.
To learn more about Chiara click here.
Micah retired from the US. Army after being severely wounded from a Taliban attack, while trying to rescue his comrades in 2012. He has spent well over 100 hours in ride alongs with our Police Officers including this past Christmas day. Additionally Micah's volunteered his time for the past four years at the CT SWAT Challenge. He is also a former paramedic, and volunteer EMT. He understands the frustration at the VA, and is the only candidate who receives healthcare there. On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Micah said "Nobody appreciates you more than I do. Politicians write the laws, you uphold them. Stay safe and God Bless". Please help support our First Responders, and Veterans now by donating here.
As many of you well know we are facing an over $200 Million deficit. As an Unaffiliated candidate for governor, I wanted to take the time to offer some possible solutions. I whole heartedly urge you to review the following expenditures I have identified in our state.
In the last Fiscal year, our tax dollars shelled out roughly $1.5 Billion in fringe benefits alone (transparency.ct.gov). Managers’ and political appointees’ fringe benefits should be reviewed and reduced. Currently we have state employees collecting hazard duty towards their retirement, that does not warrant it. Please review personnel assigned to the Connecticut Department of Corrections Central Office, 24 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, CT. There are numerous people who do not step foot in a prison.
With the closing of numerous correctional facilities, what happened to the Deputy wardens, and other high management non-union employees? Millions has been spent in overtime pay this fiscal year; using per diem, part-time employees that receive no benefits can reduce costs.
On another note, CT Transit buses are often completely empty at night, yet still operating around our state. The Governor has the authority to declare a transportation emergency and hours can be changed.
In regard to UConn, they can grant a paid sabbatical leave for a period of one year (two academic semesters). Leave may be taken for the full period at half pay or for up to half the period at full pay. According to the UConn Board of Trustees Agenda and Attachment dated February 22, 2017, there were 40 sabbatical leaves listed. For example, Robert Astur, an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, applied for sabbatical for the “Full Fall” 2017. The total for his 2017 salary was $95,659! Also, UConn’s President Susan Herbst’s annual salary is slated to be more than double that of the President of the United States, and more than five times that of Governor Malloy.
UConn is projecting the following fringe benefit increases for future budget years projections:
Description FY18 FY19* FY20* FY21* FY22*
Faculty 55.6 57.0 58.0 59.0 60.0
Professional 67.3 69.0 70.0 72.0 73.0
In addition, since July 1, 2017, the state has spent the following (opencheckbook.ct.gov):
$22.82 million on Premises Rentals. In November 2017 I did an FOIA Request concerning furniture expenditures. I noticed on the state contracting portal (DAS Contract #15PSX0041) that numerous contractors had gone out of business. I was shocked to hear that there is no actual expenditure information in the systems with manufacturers and DAS Procurement Services.
$9.85 million in Motor Vehicle Rentals. According to the FOI I received, "home garaged" vehicles accounted for $9.85 million (Non-Law Enforcement); that also does not include fuel.
$1.15 million in Payments to Inmates/Clients
$1.11 million on Out-Of-State Travel
$346,224 in Storage Expenses
$170,947 in Catering Services
$117,784 for In-State Travel
$91,538 under “Transportation of Persons-Gen” expense category, was paid to RM Bradley, Commercial Brokerage and Property Management
$76,950 to Kramer Entertainment Agency
$35,770 to Connecticut Parson Team
$28,144 for Beeper/Pager Services (Who still has these?)
$25,000 to Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment
$11,163 to Edgewood Party Rentals
$9,749 to Drapemasters of Hartford
$5,761.39 a month for the Governor’s 2nd office space in DC
(not including other fees)
$8,794 to Yellow Taxi
$8,741 to Pryme Tyme Entertainment
$3,000 to William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
$2,000 for “Design Studio,” please see “General Honoraria”Fund
Eliminating wasteful spending can only benefit our state.
Micah needs your help in fighting wasteful spending. Please support him now by donating here.
Micah can be contacted 860-682-0233 or via email at Micah4CT@yahoo.com
Unaffiliated Candidate for Governor
No other gubernatorial candidate has developed a specific plan to address the issues surrounding the large number of undocumented immigrants in Connecticut; the following will be included in my proposal. The Connecticut Residency Immigration Program (CRIP) would:
1. Provide an opportunity for hard-working, law abiding undocumented immigrants, as well as their children, to further contribute to our state.
2. Have strict guidelines for participation, and adhere to federal requirements for "persons of good moral character." We will not tolerate putting the public at risk.
3. Be self funded through program fees, private donations, and volunteer support.
4. Possibly lead to U.S. citizenship if our federal elected officials can follow suit.
This plan will be proposed as a Governors Proposed Bill, and go through the legislative process with public hearings.
Full details of Micah's C.R.I.P. will be coming out soon.
Please support Micah's campaign by donating today!
As a candidate for governor, and a retired member of the military. I'm honestly that there are at least 5 bona fide hate groups in our state.
There are also dozens of hate crimes reported each year to the Connecticut state police, required by current laws. Reports from 2003 to 2012 show a slight increase in hate crimes, with 166 reported in 2012.
While every person and or group is lucky enough to live in a country that defends their right to voice their hateful nonsensical opinions, we the people must be louder on condemning hate in ALL groups white, black or whatever.
I would propose legislation to remove their right to operate as a buisiness, non profit or whatever status they have gained.
Lastly if people and both parties really hate; hate groups. Then why not make their locations public?
What’s the difference? What does it have to do with the state budget? Deficit is a measure of a single year’s budget shortfall, it's a difference between what our state government takes in and what it spends. In recent years, the deficit has been increasing, thanks to bad leadership, people and companies leaving, and increasing government spending. Our upcoming deficit will hit a mind-boggling $6 Billion for the next two fiscal years.
Part of the annual budget goes to paying debt. Debt=all money owed, which is an astonishing $100 Billion. Our tax dollars paid over $2.2 Billion towards debt last fiscal year alone! Learn more on how I will fix both at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
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