PLAINVILLE – William Petit Jr. is expected to have an easy win as he ran unopposed this year for the 22nd State House District, which represents Plainville and New Britain.
This will be the third term as a state representative for Petit, a Republican who first took office after defeating Betty Boukas in 2016.
Looking ahead to his next term, he believes the main issues facing the General Assembly will be the covid-19 pandemic – which includes preparing for a vaccine and helping businesses survive while keeping people safe – and the budget.
“And they’re all sort of related. My guess is we’re going to get an uptick in the winter,” Petit, a doctor who operated a private practice in Plainville from 1989 to 2007, said of the virus. “People who are at risk are going to have to be very cautious.”
The state budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 could get tricky, he believes.
“We’re going to need more money at a time when revenues could be down,” Petit said. “There may have to be hard decisions in terms of where money goes. Obviously the universities are hurting. UConn is talking about a $100 million deficit.”
Petit said his third term will mostly be about balancing between growing businesses, helping the economy and keeping people safe at the same time.
He has been named to the Governor’s Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. He said the group will likely focus on getting a vaccine, once it is approved, administered to those in nursing homes and those in public safety – which would include nurses, medics, police and others – first.
Another challenge possibly facing Petit, as well as other Republicans, would be an unbalanced legislature.
“If we continue to have an unbalanced legislature, it’s difficult for people in the minority party to get bills heard,” he said.
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