Budget Address Open Forum

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21 responses to “Budget Address Open Forum

  1. Dan Malloy just approached the podium and tried to deliver a budget address. Was escorted out.

  2. I wonder how many jobs would be added or saved if we rolled back the recent increases in the minimum wage?

  3. Guv says her budget has no tax increases. Republicans applaud, Democrats sit on their hands. Guess what’s coming everyone!

  4. The college- vo-tech partnership sounds like a good idea.

  5. if the Dems could have run a better candidate in ’06 we wouldnt be dealing with Rell’s idioacy.
    She talks about how tough times are…well the solution isn’t to cut jobs in departments that protect civil rights like the African-Affairs commission or our seniors and the Commission Aging and then spend that money on people to clean trails and beachs.
    WE NEED TO CUT OUT SPENDING, which there is a lot of, but we also need to RAISE TAXES…its the only reasonable solution.
    People need to make sacrifices and start understanding the principle fucntion of government – TAXATION WITH REPRESENTATION.

  6. if the Dems could have run a better candidate in ‘06 we wouldnt be dealing with Rell’s idioacy.

    If the Dems had run a successful candidate in ’06 our current deficit would be $5 billion this year instead of $1 billion.

    WE NEED TO CUT OUT SPENDING, which there is a lot of, but we also need to RAISE TAXES…its the only reasonable solution.
    People need to make sacrifices and start understanding the principle fucntion of government – TAXATION WITH REPRESENTATION.

    I hope everyone sees that this is the kind of public employee union hack rhetoric that we are all up against. People are already making sacrifices. They are losing jobs, having their businesses close, but people like this guy want to tax them more when they are already on their knees.

    What these folks are actually saying is that it is more important for our bloated, indolent government bureaucracy to come through this storm intact than it is for the people who pay the bills.

  7. if the Dems could have run a better candidate in ‘06 we wouldnt be dealing with Rell’s idioacy.

    Incidentally, if you want to call someone an idiot, that’s cool. But spelling it right would probably give you more credibility on the subject.

  8. I won’t speak for NWCTpolitics but I certainly do not want to raise taxes on the middle class. Raising taxes on people who make over 200k a year or adding a few more cents onto the sales tax certainly would do no harm to all the “unemployed small business owners” the Republicans suddenly care about.

  9. I won’t speak for NWCTpolitics but I certainly do not want to raise taxes on the middle class. Raising taxes on people who make over 200k a year or adding a few more cents onto the sales tax certainly would do no harm to all the “unemployed small business owners” the Republicans suddenly care about.

    Increasing the sales tax will “certainly” cut down on the number and value of sales made in Connecticut. This is a fact.

  10. isn’t to cut jobs in departments that protect civil rights like the African-Affairs commission or our seniors and the Commission [on] Aging

    Huh?

    It is the role of the Executive branch to enforce the law — which is what protection of civil rights is.

    Both the African American and Aging commissions are legislative branch organizations. Let’s cut to the chase: in an age of civil service, they provide a place for the legislative leadership to give state jobs to friends.

    If it’s true we have a seperation of powers issue and legislative bodies are out there enforcing the law, maybe that would explain why Blumenthal is out looking for new things for the Attorney General’s office to do.

  11. Increasing the sales tax will “certainly” cut down on the number and value of sales made in Connecticut. This is a fact.

    Doubtful. People are going to continue to buy things on a daily basis regardless of a bump in the sales tax. Perhaps people that live close to other states will maybe drive across state lines but do you really think that people who live in New Haven are going to drive to Rhode Island to buy a pack of cigarettes? I don’t think so.

  12. You don’t have to raise the income tax or a capital gains tax to raise taxes, neither of which she’s done in her budget. However, raising fees and sales/use taxes is still raising taxes. Smear the pig in lipstick, it’s still a pig.

    All that being said, the state has to find revenue somewhere.

  13. Republitarian

    Rell looked like a governor today. Thank goodness she wasn’t wearing her tye dye “snuggie” or some other miserable looking rag around her neck.

    As for the budget proposal…
    She shouldn’t have stopped at 400 employees. There’s plenty more where that came from. Keep going Jodi.
    Fire commissioners! Great idea.
    Should also lower the pay for the rest of them.
    Combine agencies and cut out the redundancy and expense.
    Raise fees – not so wonderful – that’s a tax increase.
    I particularly liked binding arbitration suspension and getting rid of unfunded mandates. But Donovan won’t hear of it. The unions are so far up his posterior there will be no changes there.
    Regionalization – ok fine but not state mandated please – let’s just allow towns to do it voluntarily. If they can save money buying sand, salt and equipment then more power to them.
    Unions need to see pink slips.

    Now if only the Democrats follow through. But we all know that’s not going to happen. It’ll be another do nothing legislative session.

  14. Doubtful. People are going to continue to buy things on a daily basis regardless of a bump in the sales tax. Perhaps people that live close to other states will maybe drive across state lines but do you really think that people who live in New Haven are going to drive to Rhode Island to buy a pack of cigarettes? I don’t think so.

    No, but they’re more likely to drive to North Carolina once a year and buy a few dozen cartons of cigarettes.

  15. Isn’t raising the sales tax a tax on the middle class?

  16. Isn’t raising the sales tax a tax on the middle class?

    It isn’t a raise that would hurt them to the point where it shouldn’t be on the table.

  17. CrankyYankee71

    Finally, someone in politics is saying what needs to be done and not just what they think people want to hear. Bottom line – we cannot keep spending the way we have been spending. It is simply not sustainable.

    Moreover, let’s be real on the new taxes. Rell says no new taxes and the Dems say we need to raise taxes. But, raising fees is essentially raising taxes, so tax increases are already in here. You may not have sympathy for doctor and lawyer licensing fees going up, but these also hit middle class working folks too – for example, barbers, electricians, etc. are all licensed, and their fees/taxes will go up.

    No one will like the cuts and everyone thinks their pet agency/project is essential, but we need to cut the budget and cut deep.

  18. The good news for all the Rell haters is that Dems have super majorities so not only can they write their own budget they can override her when she rejects it. You see there are no more excuses like NWCTpolitics is trying to invent. If the Dems have any type of leadership they will propose their own budget and that can raise taxes like they all seem to want to do. You can’t blame Rell anymore because your saftey valve -the legislature- is controlled totally by Dems.

  19. The good news for all the Rell haters is that Dems have super majorities so not only can they write their own budget they can override her when she rejects it. You see there are no more excuses like NWCTpolitics is trying to invent. If the Dems have any type of leadership they will propose their own budget and that can raise taxes like they all seem to want to do. You can’t blame Rell anymore because your saftey valve -the legislature- is controlled totally by Dems.

    No one is blaming Rell for the budget she is proposing – every Dem knows she is just pandering to a dwindling GOP base in the state. The problem Dems have with her is that, in a time of crisis, she is unwilling to compromise and be a team player. You’re right – the Dem majorities make her little more than a lonely person on a soapbox. But think of how much better it would be for the state if both parties could come up with a mutually agreed upon budget in which each party has to give a little. NY just balanced their budget with a combo of spending cuts and tax increases and that is exactly what CT needs to do if we are going to get out of this whole we find ourselves in.

  20. …every Dem knows… she is unwilling to compromise and be a team player….. think of how much better it would be for the state if… a combo of spending cuts and tax increases

    Egads! What a bunch o’ nonsense. The ‘greatest hits’ version of that post is quite telling of either a complete lack of grasping reality or only grasping one side of the equation.

    Yes, of course, she’s unwilling to compromise and be a team player…

    Huh?

    Let’s see, Step 1) The governor makes a budget proposal. Step 2) The legislature adjusts it (or just dumps it and makes their own). So she’s supposed to be a ‘team player’ in step 1?!

    Most people HAVE thought of how much better it would be for the state if there were new taxes.

    Guess what?

    The majority of the people in the state don’t agree with you. You’re going to see that when the pollsters get out there soon.

    If most people or someone they know hasn’t lost their job in the past year, they fear they will….unless….you’ve got some kind of ‘protected/union’ job, then swarms of locusts will fly if the spigot from the gravy train doesn’t flow fully at all times.

    Those pathetic ads the state employees’ union is running on TV and radio right now? I’m psyched….every…single….time….I hear one. It’s the best waste ‘o cash they’ve ever flushed.

    In this economy, people are pissed, big time. “Let’s reinvest in the state so we can keep moving forward?” That’s taking viewers and listeners for major dopes and ignoring the reality of public opinion.

    No more waiting, the fun is here!

  21. do you really think that people who live in New Haven are going to drive to Rhode Island to buy a pack of cigarettes? I don’t think so.

    Wake up.

    Roughly 30% of the cigarettes consumed in Connecticut right now are bootlegged in from low tax states.

    They come in by the truckload.

    South Carolina’s tax per-pack is 30 cents as opposed to Connecticut’s 2 dollars.

    With a built in 17 dollar per-carton profit margin there’s plenty of competition I would suspect too.

    Meanwhile, internet sales are far from dead, regardless of what you might read to the contrary.

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