Back in May, Gov. Jodi M. Rell made these remarks about her budget plan:
“The top income tax in New York and New Jersey is nearly 9 percent and Rhode Island’s is just under 10 percent – while Connecticut’s top rate is still 5 percent. If we hold the line on taxes and make the tough decisions now, we will make our state infinitely more affordable for business and infinitely more appealing for investment. Job creation will climb as more and more companies move to – or grow in – a business-friendly Connecticut. We can reverse the ‘brain drain’ and keep our young college graduates in Connecticut, in jobs they find here. Our housing market will rebound as these graduates and people attracted to our state seek new places to live. This is not economic theory – it’s economic fact.”
In an article I recently wrote for the Darien News about a proposed affordable housing project coming to Darien, First Selectwoman Evonne Klein said:
“Right here in Darien we have a need for affordable housing. … Having additional one- and two-bedroom units at the 35 Leroy site will … bring young people back to the town in which they have grown up.”
Our state legislators see the importance of having a strong young population in Connecticut and they’re working on ways keeping the youth here.
But the government can only do so much. It can create the conditions, but it’s up to organizations and individuals to create a community that provides its college students, young professionals and young families artistic, cultural and social fulfillment.
This blog, I hope, will become a compilation of all things that interest 18 to 35 year olds within Fairfield County. I have a theory – you don’t have to take the MTA to New York City to have a great Friday night. I’m pretty sure the sleepy bedroom communities of Fairfield County have plenty to offer. You just have to know where to look. I plan to blog about everything from good places to grab a beer to breaking down political issues that are important to our generation.
So check back often and please please PLEASE send feedback and suggestions for blog topics to firstname.lastname@example.org.