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Development issues key in 112th race

"Both plans would not be enough alone," he said. "We need to be aggressive."

Support for a tax cap plays with Jordan's belief that state spending must be curtailed in general to reduce tax burden and shore up a ballooning state deficit.

"If you spend more than you make, which the state does, you get into the situation that we're in," he said.

Ian McGaughey

Democratic nominee Ian McGaughey, also running on the Independence and Working Families lines, calls the Town of Wilton his home, where he is serving his second term on the Wilton Town Board. He is engaged and planning a November wedding.

If elected, he says his No. 1 priority will be addressing the property tax burden, and he is subscribing to a circuit breaker approach.

"It's immediate, comprehensive and fair," he said, adding a breaker would also leave school funding unaffected. "My plan would provide relief to those who need it."

He also says he would support a millionaire's tax, which according to the candidate, could raise as much as $2.6 billion.

McGaughey paints himself as a changer, criticizing "partisan bickering" at the Capitol. He has pledged to donate his Assembly salary to charity and keep in contact with every community in the 112th.

He would like to address the state's budgetary woes by eliminating wasteful spending by conducting audits of state agencies, but was quick to add that school budgets should remain untouched if at all possible.

Stimulating local job growth will involve reducing the burden of state government on businesses, according to McGaughey, who says he has experienced the problems firsthand as a small business owner.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever done," he said. "There's so much red tape we need to reduce the burden on business."

To that end, he is proposing making low interest loans available to businesses and providing business owners with more information through an outreach program.

"There were times as a small business owner that I didn't know I was doing anything wrong until I got a nasty letter from the state," said McGaughey.""

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