State of Connecticut

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1591

Honorable Dannel P. Malloy Executive Chambers State Capitol, Room 202 Hartford, CT 06106

March 9, 2011

Dear Governor Malloy: Watertown is the proud home to many manufacturing companies which have been in town for decades. Watertown residents and business owners are extremely proud of their community's rich manufacturing history. We write to you today because we are extremely concerned about a provision in your proposed budget that would put the future of Watertown’s manufacturing businesses in jeopardy. Your proposal to eliminate the state's Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment tax exemption program will result in local tax increases in Watertown and hurt our ongoing efforts to retain and grow local manufacturing jobs. As a result of your proposal, the estimated cost to Watertown would be $678,144. This proposal disproportionately affects Watertown due to our town's emphasis on manufacturing. Watertown taxpayers and businesses will suffer as a result. We are grateful that the Office of Policy and Management is reviewing ways to mitigate this impact and would like to thank you for your commitment to make municipalities like Watertown whole. We agree that there are sacrifices to be made by all in order to get our financial house in order. However, we firmly believe that this proposed cut would hurt our manufacturing community substantially. Watertown - and the State of Connecticut - must remain open for business. We will continue to work with you to make this a reality.

Sincerely,

Rob Kane State Senator 32nd District

Sean Williams State Representative 68th District