Finding Savings

Gov. Rell is looking at ways to save money.

One thing she’s considering is laying off some deputy commissioners, which the Republican-American says would save up to $5.3 million if they were all let go.

Another thing she’s doing is working for free, and asking her commissioners to do the same by coming in for a day without pay. Her daily pay? $534. We’re saved.

Republicans are calling for all arbitration awards for state employees to be postponed.

These are very small steps, to be sure. The budget deficit could get as large as $1 billion. Where else can this sort of savings be found?

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29 responses to “Finding Savings

  1. famillionaire

    Another thing she’s doing is working for free, and asking her commissioners to do the same by coming in for a day without pay. Her daily pay? $534. We’re saved.

    This is an insulting and tone deaf act of symbolism by the Governor. $534?!? People are going to lose jobs through budget cuts. Citizens will lose services. Cities, towns and schools will have to make Draconian cuts. Homeowners, car drivers, businesses and (probably) a slew of others will have their taxes raised. And Rell foregoes $534? I call Bulls#hit!

    If she wants to set a tone for the deep and painful cuts ahead, to lead the state in shared sacrifice, she should take a paycut of $25,000 or more. She is asking highly-paid managers and Commissioners to give up a day’s pay, when she should be asking for everyone in state employ making over $150k to forego 17% of their salary, and over $100k should forego 12%. Heck, even the CEO’s of the Big Three are working for $1 a year now.

    If the legislature wants to make a bigger splash, this is their opportunity to clearly one-up the Guv. with their managers. $534 is easy to beat.

    I think you would be hard pressed to find many private sector employees making that much who wouldn’t take that deal for a some job security. And even harder pressed to find a small business owner who would not be excited to only have their business off by such percentages in this economic climate.

  2. If the Guvner is paid $534 a week for 52 weeks, this equals $27,768. Now thats an improvement, especially if she makes it permanent. It would be really great if all Government employees making 100K and up took a 12% cut.

    I think you would be hard pressed to find many private sector employees making that much who wouldn’t take that deal for a some job security.

    Hell, if Big Business can force those kinds of concessions on their employees why can’t we. Also, I’d like to see some of the more obscene benefits cut entirely.

  3. Looks like the CT Post gets it:

    http://www.connpost.com/opinion/ci_11445514

    If close to 60% of the state budget is personnel services the state needs to get a handle on that. If they make everything a fixed cost, the state is screwed.

    We can’t in good conscious give public employees a raise while thousands in this state have no job.

  4. Okay…can one of you Global Warming people please tell me why it is so darn cold outside? Isn’t it supposed to be getting warmer?

  5. Okay…can one of you Global Warming people please tell me why it is so darn cold outside? Isn’t it supposed to be getting warmer?

    Global warming also makes it colder apparently. Or warmer. “Climate Change” is the new mantra. So this way, the global warming — well, climate change — people can say they’re right.

  6. Global warming also makes it colder apparently. Or warmer. “Climate Change” is the new mantra. So this way, the global warming — well, climate change — people can say they’re right.

    They are right.

  7. Regarding the deputy commissioners, I think this is more than symbolism on Rell’s (read Moody’s) part. True a number of deputies are hacks but many of them are career administrators that have been kept because somebody has to govern. The real fat at the top are figure head commissioners and Rowland hacks that got tucked away just before Rowland resigned. Many of those folks serve as Moody’s rats and enforcers just like they did under Rowland. Most if not all make more than $100.000 and few hold the title deputy. A number of the deputies named in the newspapers are folks who refused to cave to Moody’s pressure to donate to Rell’s campaign. This is a win-win-win for Rell/Moody. They look like they are serious because they are targeting appointees, they scare the bejesus out of appointees that wouldn’t pay to play and they protect their embedded goon squad.

    Maybe it’s just me but I ‘m feeling a bit pessimistic about the budget debate.

  8. Global warming also makes it colder apparently. Or warmer. “Climate Change” is the new mantra. So this way, the global warming — well, climate change — people can say they’re right.

    They are right.

    That’s ridiculous. What’s the normal temperature of the Earth? How do you know if it’s colder or warmer than it should be?

    Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize is worth about as much as Jimmy Carter’s 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.

  9. That’s ridiculous. What’s the normal temperature of the Earth? How do you know if it’s colder or warmer than it should be?

    Wrong question, unsurprisingly. The right question is–is the earth getting warmer now? The answer is yes. A big part of the reason is increased greenhouse gases, much of which comes from man. This is fact.

    I don’t get it. Why do you and a bunch of other conservatives want to disprove global warming so much? Do you own stock in a factory that turns hoot owls into carbon monoxide or something? Or are you just being blindly contrary to a cause liberals are championing? Your comment about Al Gore and Jimmy Carter suggests the latter, and frankly, Jack, that is just dumb.

    P.S. Science knows the answer to your question.

  10. That’s ridiculous. What’s the normal temperature of the Earth? How do you know if it’s colder or warmer than it should be?

    Exactly. Sorry, but the whole global warming/cooling climate change crowd just strikes me as a bit arrogant… believing that man has the ability to impact the climate. It is not documented or established that man-made causes are warming the Earth but you guys treat it like settled science. However, there is considerable geological evidence of periodic heating and cooling over the Earth’s history prior to the dawn of man.

    Who do we blame for that? Dinosaur farts? Maybe there is just a cyclical warming cooling trend that has nothing to do with man, but everything to do with nature and solar events.

    Or maybe I’m wrong, and as Al Gore predicted, we drowned in ice cap melts three years ago and this is all a dream.

  11. Exactly. Sorry, but the whole global warming/cooling climate change crowd just strikes me as a bit arrogant… believing that man has the ability to impact the climate. It is not documented or established that man-made causes are warming the Earth but you guys treat it like settled science. However, there is considerable geological evidence of periodic heating and cooling over the Earth’s history prior to the dawn of man.

    Well, yes we do have the ability to impact the climate. We release a hell of a lot of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the logic behind the greenhouse effect says that the more of those there are, the more the planet will warm and the climate will shift.

    Really, go and read the literature. This is not nothing.

  12. And argh, I know I shouldn’t get into these sorts of arguments, but MAN I am sick of hearing this joke!

    Okay…can one of you Global Warming people please tell me why it is so darn cold outside? Isn’t it supposed to be getting warmer?

  13. And argh, I know I shouldn’t get into these sorts of arguments, but MAN I am sick of hearing this joke!
    Okay…can one of you Global Warming people please tell me why it is so darn cold outside? Isn’t it supposed to be getting warmer?

    Why doesn’t the hole in the Ozone just let the hot gasses out? 😉

  14. Why doesn’t the hole in the Ozone just let the hot gasses out?

    [boom!]

  15. [boom!]

    ha ha ha! You crack me up, man!

  16. Wrong question, unsurprisingly. The right question is–is the earth getting warmer now? The answer is yes. A big part of the reason is increased greenhouse gases, much of which comes from man. This is fact.

    Why did the Earth get colder from the 1940s to the 1970s? Are you telling me that we were much more protective of the environment during that period than we are today?

    I don’t want to disprove global warming “so much.” I want someone to prove global warming, because no one has done so yet. I want a full-fledged, open, objective, scientific debate. In this country, if you have the nerve to question the many holes in the IPCC report, you’re called a denier, blind, or worse — when we have yet to debate both sides of the issue! Ask Bill Gray at Colorado State University what he thinks about this — he’s been studying the atmosphere a hell of a lot longer than anyone at the IPCC, yet he’s actually lost funding because he dared to approach the issue scientifically, and not politically. Anyway, if you read story, Dr. Gray says that in just 3-5 years, the Earth would begin cooling again. Guess what? It’s 2009, the planet has actually cooled since 1998, and it’s frickin’ cold outside.

    In any event, feel free to read what some other people think about the planet’s temperature and CO2. That study suggests not only that the planet will soon begin cooling, but also that we have little to do with CO2 releases (i.e., “increasing atmospheric CO2 is not causing global temperature to rise; instead the natural cyclic increase in global temperature is causing global CO2 to rise.”).

    The Gore-Carter comment has to do with the fact that Jimmy Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize, in part, for his role in denuclearizing North Korea and bringing peace to the Middle East — and he utterly failed. Same goes for Al Gore.

    I’m not contrary to anything. Prove to me that we’ve fully argued and researched both sides of the issue and I’ll agree. I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I’m certainly not going to give Al Gore the benefit of the doubt, when so much doubt remains.

  17. AndersonScooper

    Dobb, it’s all relative isn’t it? I mean one source is just as good as another, or at least that’s what the Heritage Foundation and years of listening to Limbaugh have taught you!

    You’re inability to evaluate sources is simply incredible. Ugh.

  18. You’re inability to evaluate sources is simply incredible. Ugh.

    That’s your problem, Ed. There are people who think the planet is warming (despite the fact that it has cooled since 1998) and people who think the planet is cooling. I’m acknowledging both. Are you acknowledging the latter?

  19. AndersonScooper

    Great Dobb. And some assholes want to argue that the Holocaust never happened. Are we supposed to give equal weight to both sides of that arguement?

    And what about the numb-nuts who want us to believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old. Should we give them a spot in our Science textbooks?

    Look, I was slow to jump on the Global Warming bandwagon. But at this point even George Bush, (and John McCain), believe that we need to address the problem of Greenhouse gases.

    PS– When one of you ‘wingers says, “Hey, it’s cold as heck outside. See, Global Warming is a myth…”, — are you that friggin’ stupid? Or is the environmental future of the Earth just a joke to you?

  20. Great Dobb. And some assholes want to argue that the Holocaust never happened. Are we supposed to give equal weight to both sides of that arguement?

    There’s demonstrative proof that the Holocaust did, indeed, happen. Not exactly apples and apples. Tell me, what makes the IPCC report (endorsed by the largest political organization in the history of mankind) more plausible than Dr. Gray’s studies, or the Pravda report? Besides, your pejorative use of the word “assholes” indicates that you’re not interested in a debate, and that your scientific acumen is limited to whatever you read on Daily Kos. (Your spelling sucks, too.)

    Look, I was slow to jump on the Global Warming bandwagon. But at this point even George Bush, (and John McCain), believe that we need to address the problem of Greenhouse gases.

    As long as you know it’s just a bandwagon, I guess there’s hope for you after all.

  21. Part of the reason us conservatives are reticent about the global warming bandwagon is the left is doesn’t seem ready to follow the logical conclusion: If you seriously believe that carbon emissions are an issue, why isn’t there a major push for nuclear power plants? The left has seen more interested in the politics than good sense. i.e. If Kyoto was such a good idea, why didn’t Clinton send it to the Senate?

  22. AndersonScooper

    The left is coming around to new nuclear plants.

    Luckily for us, during their decade of being in power, Republicans came up with a solution to the problem of nukular waste….

  23. Tell me, what makes the IPCC report (endorsed by the largest political organization in the history of mankind) more plausible than Dr. Gray’s studies, or the Pravda report?

    Okay, I’ll bite.

    The Pravda “article” is signed by “Gregory F. Fegel.” If you were to do a little bit of checking (Google is a truly wonderful thing) you would find that this same person has published numerous articles claiming, among other things, that the U.S. Government was responsible for 9/11.

    As for Dr. Gray, check out this great article at Real Climate.

    PS – The reason it’s cold outside today might have something to do with the fact that it is January.

  24. I forgot to mention in my prior posting that “Pravda Online” is a Russian tabloid online publication. Hardly the sort of source where you’d find reliable information on a serious scientific subject such as global warming and climate change. Although, when I checked out the link that Dobb provided, I did find a fascinating article about the sperm count of hamsters. I also learned that Russian men prefer “fatty female strippers.”

  25. The fact that it’s so cold outside is part of the global warming argument- that the extremes, such as hurricanes/typhoons, heat waves and cold spells, blizzards, etc.- are more extreme. Try and at least read the basic argument, guys.

    Conservatives argue that man cannot have an impact on the environment (unless of course his name begins with “G” and ends with “d”). Not true. Try looking up what happened to the climate of England during the Industrial Revolution. Man today is more powerful than ever before- it’s easier than ever for humanity to take control over the environment in ways hardly (but occasionally) seen before.

    Global Warming is a theory that’s been accepted by an overwhelming majority of the scientific & political community, but you’ve got Professor Whackjob from Colorado State. It’s fascinating to watch you guys go in circles on this one- no matter how many journals are published showing that global warming absolutely exists, it’s never enough.

  26. Luckily for us, during their decade of being in power, Republicans came up with a solution to the problem of nukular waste….

    Hold on. First, the emissions from a coal-fired plant is a far, far greater “problem” to the environment than the “problem” of waste generated by a nuclear power plant. Yet no one from either party is willing to put the brakes on coal-fired plants. (But, it’s glad to see that “the left” is finally coming around.) It’s easy for you to bring up problems, but it would help if you had any idea what you were talking about.

    Second, what did the Democrats do during their decades of “power” since we first began to peacefully splitting atoms? As Larry Cafero has shown, if you’re a good minority party, you can bring about great change. If you’re a lazy minority party, you can’t accomplish a damn thing. (Of course, if you’re Nancy Pelosi’s 110th Congress, you can’t do anything either, but that’s a whole other issue.)

    Third, there has yet to be anything close to equal coverage of both sides of the global warming issue. There are more scientists than you think who poked bullet holes in the IPCC report shortly after it was released. As I said earlier, that report was issued by the largest political organization in the history of the world, and there was no room for dissent — none. That report and Al Gore’s hockey stick don’t conclusively prove anything.

    Global Warming is a theory that’s been accepted by an overwhelming majority of the scientific & political community, but you’ve got Professor Whackjob from Colorado State. It’s fascinating to watch you guys go in circles on this one- no matter how many journals are published showing that global warming absolutely exists, it’s never enough.

    Unlike you, I’m open to listen to debate, and I’m not going in circles. You, however, have heard what you wanted to hear, and declared the case closed. It’s not. Far from it.

  27. Global Warming is a theory that’s been accepted by an overwhelming majority of the scientific & political community, but you’ve got Professor Whack job from Colorado State. It’s fascinating to watch you guys go in circles on this one- no matter how many journals are published showing that global warming absolutely exists, it’s never enough.

    Correct.

    When a credible spokesman opposes anything you agree with; immediately attempt to poison the source via referencing the opponent as some sort of nut, evil, of course the next move is to divert to another topic.

    Not how one would win a real debate; but facts rarely into in to leftists arguments anyway.

  28. The left is coming around to new nuclear plants.

    Might as well – there’s a new small unit coming.

    Completely self contained, delivered on the back of a truck.

    It will change everything almost over-night.

  29. Nukes?

    New nuclear power plants would provide power at a prohibitively expensive cost. Check out the Time Magazine article on the subject from a couple of weeks ago. The cost of building a nuclear plant today is running somewhere between $12 billion and $17 billion. What does that translate to in terms of costs electric ratepayers would pay for generation from those new nukes? From the story:“new nuclear energy is on track to cost 15¢ to 20¢ per kilowatt-hour.”

    In case you were wondering, that’s somewhere between 50% and 100% higher than we pay for generation in Connecticut today.

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