The Issues

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State Budget

In 2011, the General Assembly and the Governor passed the largest tax increase in the history of the State of Connecticut. This was supposed to be a “shared sacrifice” where we would reduce spending and ask for concessions from state employees to balance our budget and put us on a path the prosperity. That never happened. Spending has increased, no concessions were made, and the only sacrifice came from our families and businesses.

As a member of the appropriations committee, Bill helped propose an alternative budget that was balanced with no tax increases. Reducing the size and the cost of government is more than one line on a political slogan, it is something that Bill has worked tirelessly for during his career in public service. We must cut spending, reduce the tax burden on our citizens, and deal with the unfunded liabilities instead of kicking the can down the road for future generations to deal with.

Jobs and Economy

When it comes to jobs, Hartford isn’t getting the job done.  Tax increases, a high cost of doing business and burdensome regulations are driving jobs out of Connecticut.

As a member of the Farmington Town Council, Bill always worked hard to support our local business community. During Bill’s time in the Legislature he was recognized by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) as one of thirty nine legislators that scored 100% on the six pieces of legislation that they considered the most important to help the businesses climate in Connecticut.

As your State Senator Bill will bring common sense leadership to Hartford, and make sure that our State is open for business.  Small businesses need to know that Connecticut is a place they can come to thrive and create opportunity for all.

Environment

During his time in the Legislature, Bill was instrumental during the 2011 Legislative session helping pass a bill that corrected 15 years of lack of protection for municipalities on open space land.

His dedication to environmental issues earned Bill the distinction of being named “Legislative Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. The Executive Director of Connecticut League of Conservation Voters said of Representative Wadsworth, “Representative William Wadsworth has lived up to our expectations of a pro-conservation legislator at the State Capitol. In his first year representing the Town of Farmington at the Capitol, he was accessible and thoughtful on the issues. He stepped up to the plate by proposing legislation to keep municipal lands open to the public for recreation, and he helped oppose an ill-conceived state giveaway of conservation lands.”

State Legislature

Bill Wadsworth came into the 2011 Legislative session with proposed legislation that would correct 15 years of the lack of protection for municipalities on open space land. This initiative finally passed after strong support.

Further involvement in environmental issues earned Bill the distinction of being named “Legislative Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. The Executive Director of Connecticut League of Conservation Voters said of Representative Wadsworth, “Representative William Wadsworth has lived up to our expectations of a pro-conservation legislator at the State Capitol. In his first year representing the Town of Farmington at the Capitol, he was accessible and thoughtful on the issues. As a freshman legislator, he stepped up to the plate by proposing legislation to keep municipal lands open to the public for recreation, and he helped oppose an ill-conceived state giveaway of conservation lands. He adds a solidly pro-environment voice to the Connecticut General Assembly and we look forward to working with him next session”.

Land Acquisition

Bill Wadsworth had been Chair of the Land Acquisition Committee from January of 2000 until December of 2010. During that time, he led the effort to purchase land for open space on behalf of the Town of Farmington. The result of that effort has been the protection in perpetuity of seven hundred and fifty eight acres located throughout the town. The effort also included three farms that were purchased with the idea of continued operation, keeping the farm in Farmington. Bill still maintains a position on the Land Acquisition Committee as a committee member.

Tunxis Mead Park / River Access

Bill Wadsworth initiated a committee to study the Farmington and Pequabuck River to provide for passive recreational use of these valuable natural resources. Since the Town of Farmington owns about one third of the riverfront within the town’s boundaries, it provided for many opportunities to provide access. The result of the study was to develop a master plan for future implementation. The initiative also coincided with the federal process of designation of the lower Farmington River as wild and scenic. This should provide for grants to implement the access improvements described in the master plan.

Also included in the work of this committee was the installation of a water line to the Tunxis Mead Park that also includes water supply to the crew boathouse. This will provide for a future bathroom facility at that location. This committee also provided for power, security and a pavilion to be installed to the crew boathouse.

Green Efforts Committee

Bill Wadsworth requested to be a member of the Town of Farmington Green Efforts Committee due to his concerns about minimizing the impact of the human race on our planet. As a result of that request, Bill was a member of the Green Efforts Committee and was Chair of the Municipal Subcommittee. The municipal subcommittee is responsible for finding ways to reduce the amount of energy used by the Town of Farmington.

Education

As a graduate of Farmington public schools, Northwestern Community College and the University of Connecticut, Bill truly appreciates the opportunities that a Connecticut education has given him.  Every child deserves that same opportunity. Bill will work to make sure that the education of our children is left in the hands of parents, teachers and the local school boards not the politicians in Hartford.

Veterans

As a veteran of the US Army, Bill has always been looking out for our Connecticut Veterans. During his time in the Legislature Bill was a strong supporter of bills aimed at assisting veterans, and has also worked on a number of projects in the local community.

World War Two Honor Roll

As a veteran of the United States Armed Services, Bill Wadsworth has a special understanding of all veterans; past, present and future. It was with this understanding that Bill took on a project to research the whereabouts of the World War Two Honor Roll that was located in front of the now demolished Town Hall that used to be in front of the Main Street Fire House. After ten years of searching, a document was discovered that showed the honor roll along with names that were on it. That document was used to recreate the honor roll (the original honor roll was never found) and a dedication ceremony was held on Veterans Day 2009 to install the replica inside the Farmington Town Hall.

World War Two Honor Roll


Unionville Roll of Honor

Unionville Roll of Honor