Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"The minority is out of step with their governor, and more importantly taxpayers, who need their representatives to face up to an uncertain economy. They offer a house of cards that would decimate state government, causing our most experienced personnel in critical areas, such as public safety, transportation, and environmental protection to leave."
Monday, April 28, 2008
The Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly were, to listen to their rhetoric, ready to go home and do absolutely nothing on the budget since the revenue picture wasn't as bright as it had been at the beginning of the year. Thankfully, the Republicans there don't seem ready to let that happen.
Just as they did last year to great success, the GOP legislators have introduced another alternative budget which does not raise taxes, and actually cuts the gas tax.
The plan on the gas tax would give a ten cent per gallon Gas Tax Holiday that runs from July 1st until Labor Day Weekend, would, according to their information save us $25 million at the pumps. It would also eliminate the gross receipts tax increase which is planned for July 1st of this year, and would cap the gross receipts tax so that as oil prices go up, the built-in tax does not grow at out-of-control rates along with it.
The plan also eliminates the business entity tax, and cuts rates on the estate tax while phasing it out.
The GOP budget is balanced, streamlines and downsizes the state government with early retirement options, and gives meaningful tax relief.
I guess it isn't a shock that Democrats have said they want to do nothing, call it a day and go home. They have truly done nothing of significance since getting their supermajority status nearly two years ago.
Is this what Connecticut elected its legislators to do? Nothing? Our gas taxes are among the highest, and our overall tax burden is far in a way the greatest per capita of any state in the U.S.
At least there's finally some Republicans in Hartford willing to actually try to do something for us. Last year the Republicans changed the debate, and we got a "No Tax increase" budget. Perhaps that will happen again.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It's a rite of springtime, apparently. The University of Connecticut... the pride of our state... the vanguard of our achievement in higher education... erupts with drunken, semi-retarded, vomiting teenagers.
It's apparently a time to put down your books and relax by pushing a urine-soaked community room couch out the dorm window and into a bonfire. It's time to celebrate, to expose yourself, blackout for four hours and wake up testing positive for chlamydia.
It always gives me great pride to read the papers and review the arrest stories and then consider the taxpayer investment that goes into providing this opportunity to the future generation.
The Courant reports today on the weekend's proceedings where 51 students and non-students were arrested:
The arrests were made for a variety of charges including narcotics offenses,
underage possession of alcohol, forgery, criminal impersonation, interfering
with police, breach of peace, driving under the influence and weapons offenses.
That's quite an assortment of interesting charges.
Hard to imagine with this resume of debauchery UCONN still isn't the home to the Kennedy School of Government. Go Huskies!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
How disappointing! I was really getting into this new show on HBO called "John Adams." It was supposed to be a comedy I guess, because it had that really funny Paul Giamati in it (From Sideways and Howard Stern's Private Parts). Anyhow, this "John Adams" guy apparently got himself involved in all sorts of pickles during the Colonial and Revolutionary War era.
Anyway, it wasn't all that funny, but I was really getting into the story. And then after a mere seven episodes, they killed the guy! What a bunch of crap. HBO ran that cruddy "Sopranos" show forever, and beat that lame series into the ground. And then in the last long-awaited episode of that swill no one got killed. I guess they made up for it killing the main character in "John Adams" halfway through the first season.
We never got to see funny stuff, like Adams arguing about wine with Thomas Jefferson like he did in Sideways, and then yelling "dammit Jefferson... I'm not drinking any f**ing Merlot!"
Next year I understand Phil Donahue is going to do a hilarious HBO show called "Millard Fillmore." I'm laughing already!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I'm a little late getting in on this act, and it has been all over most other CT political sites, but how could I possibly let this go?
Evidently a legislative intern gave a fascinating performance at the General Assembly this past week, asserting at a forum that 80% of the legislature was corrupt, and that they smoked, drank and had sex in their offices.
CT News Junkie, using the above video from Spazeboy, called the event "Intern Gone Wild." Oh, come on. Something tells me that when college-aged interns "go wild" at the capitol, it probably has more to do with underpants hanging from statuary and piles of vomit in the water fountains than it does with absurd questions at an informational forum.
He did succeed at one thing; he made former Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan look like the puffy pant-load he is. When Sullivan blustered about how he was in intern in 1970, the fine people at the capitol inspired him to get into public service, to which this intern responded "that's what you get from a politician."
Perhaps more interesting is the video below, where this intern sheds his fedora for a cowboy hat.
Yee haw indeed.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Wow! Did it not go far enough? Was it not tough enough of an ethics proposal? Did it not meet the high standards that he himself has set as House Speaker? Mua ha ha ha!
No! He blew it up because it had a provision that would have prevented his chief-of-staff, Robert Frankel, from engaging in fundraising activities. Frankel coincidentally happens to be Amann's treasurer for his ill-advised run for Governor.
You can read about it here in the JI.In other words, if you pass this ethics measure, Frankel can't roam the halls of power vacuuming up political contributions for his boss.
Amann's latest brazen affront to political decency can hardly be a surprise. We all recall how Amann was putting the squeeze on lobbyists at the capitol to contribute to the charity that paid his salary. Frankel was one of the people he dispatched to argue before the Citizens' Ethics Advisory Board nearly a year ago that he should be able to continue the practice.
Democrats are perfectly happy to get red in the face over the chief of staff to the governor, Lisa Moody, participating in fundraising activities. But once again, don't you dare apply the same standard to them.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
It’s ironic because Lawlor, who is the longtime co-chairman of the legislature’s
Judiciary Committee, is often criticized as being ’soft on crime’ by critics
here in Connecticut.
The Finance Committee didn't get the memo. The Democratic Chair, Cameron Staples (D-New Haven) helped usher a bill through that committee that places a 6% tax on deliveries. No one, apparently, can even say how much money it generates, or what the need for it is.
This tax would apply to Federal Express and UPS deliveries, as well as grocery, newspaper, restaurant deliveries, heating fuel deliveries, furniture deliveries, flower deliveries... you get the picture. The tax will, naturally, be passed on to the consumer.
Democrats apparently want you to be able to get a tax in 20 minutes or less, along with your pizza.
Democrats apparently believe that he senior citizen who has Pea Pod deliver her groceries isn't paying her fair share. The senior citizen that has their medication delivered by mail isn't paying their fair share. When you send flowers to someone you care about, you aren't paying your fair share.
This is a fascinating proposal to tie in with the estate tax that Democrats refuse to get rid of... they tax you for being dead. Now are they taxing you forbeing delivered into the ground at the cemetery?
At long last, we can involve the Department of Revenue Services in the lasting debate of whether it's Digiorno's or Delivery.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
This from the New Haven Register today. According to the article, the funds raised from these plates will go to charities that assist veterans and soldiers, and to scholarships for those entering nursing.
I certainly wouldn't argue against either proposed plate, as both are undeniably worthy causes. The troop one in fact is being considered nationwide.
State legislators get their own special plates that identify them as members of the General Assembly. These, presumably, entitle them to park in handicapped spaces, and avoid tickets while travelling all over the state to have Sierra Club dinners and inspect prisons. These are probably the most expensive vanity plates Connecticut issues, costing us all roughly $18 billion a year.
Anyhow, it's really high time that Connecticut developed some other vanity plates. Below are some of my humble suggestions. Perhaps they can be adopted by a legislator?
The Caruso Plate - Funds from this vanity plate go toward funding the various past and future attempts of Rep. Chris Caruso to sue himself into higher office.
The Blizzard Pass Plate - If Rep. Peter Tercyak gets his way, only one lane of state highways will be plowed during snowstorms, and the savings passed on to non-profits. Purchase of this plate will allow you to contribute to the non-profit that pays Tercyak, and drive through that one special plowed traffic lane.The Bumper Sticker Plate - This one can go hand-in-hand with the new Citizen's Election Fund. Since state tax dollars are already going toward paying for political bumper stickers, lawn signs, and various junk, you can pick out a license plate that advocates for your preferred candidate, and your money gets dumped into the CEF where it is wasted on buying Chinese food for poll workers or Subway sandwiches for phone bankers.
CT Criminal Justice Plate - This plate is made by criminals who are incarcerated for violent felonies, and is subsequently given to them for free after they get out of jail due to "judicial discretion." They can place it on their car on their way to committing a third violent felony for which they will be incarcerated briefly for.
The Jim Amann M.S. Plate - This special plate helps defray the costs of strong-arming lobbyists to contribute to the M.S. Society's salary for Speaker Jim Amann.
The Skittles Plate - This license plate generates funds for the education of children who are expelled from public school for selling candy and soda to other school children.
Leftwing Blogger Plate - Designed to look like underpants. Plate is twice as expensive as a normal plate, but other people have to buy it for you.
The Michael Bolton Plate - This plate would raise money to collect and incinerate compact discs of the perennial embarrassment to Connecticut, Michael Bolton.
Of course, if Connecticut keeps going the way it's going, most of us will be getting new license plates in the new states we move to from here.