Open Forum

Monday!

The absence of Dan Malloy from the Stamford mayoral race could really change the way the race is run.

We should expect plenty of fee hikes.

Unions and the governor are at a standstill, as while the unions are willing to give concessions, they also want to see tax increases as part of the solution. The governor has said she will not raise taxes.

The Department of Labor is struggling to keep up with new jobless claims.

Ann Coulter is apparently under investigation by the Elections Enforcement Committee for using her father’s address to vote in Connecticut while living in New York City.

Despite efforts to end the practice, there are still plenty of workers collecting both a paycheck and a pension from the state.

Reminder: Rep. Jim Himes will be with us tonight at 7pm to talk about the federal stimulus plan. Come ask questions–or if you can’t be here, put your questions in the comments of this post and I will ask them for you.

What else is going on?

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6 responses to “Open Forum

  1. Have there been any developments in the Chris Shays campaign finance investigation? Did Michael Sohn ever come back from Bhutan?

  2. We should expect plenty of fee hikes.

    We could humor the “we don’t really need cars” clowns (those that have failed to notice the bulk of our population is suburban, not urban) and kill the property tax on vehicles via jacking registration fees to some sort of age graduated rate starting in the 1000’s (big `Benz, etc.).

    No more chasing car taxes, and it would be equal which the property tax isn’t.

    It should be payable every four years, not every two.
    That way those that finance can have the initial hit built into the deal avoiding a burden during the more common finance term.

    Getting hit hard with a car tax bill while still making payments would be a problem for a lot of folks.

    The current situation is a total mess, wholly inequitable and a data / paperwork disaster with 169 taxing entities feeding (too often stale) data to the DMV.

    If I had a dollar for every time I had a problem registering a client’s vehicle due to stale data at the DMV because someone in some town hall someplace had failed to notify them (the DMV) that the prior taxes were paid (sometimes years ago) I could probably buy my wife a new Caddy.

  3. Did Michael Sohn ever come back from Bhutan?

    Would you?

    I’d be history.

  4. AndersonScooper

    What happens with Chris Shays’ over $200,000 in campaign debt? Is he personally liable for it?

    And any word on what Shays will be doing next for a job?

    Also, not mentioned during Simmons non-announcement announcement against Dodd was John McKinney. Would he ever primary Rob for the chance to take on Dodd? Will he be running against Himes, or sitting tight, (with the chance the coming 2011 re-distrcting puts the seat out of reach?) And where is Scott Franz, who could easily self-finace a la Lamont, and therefore could start a bid much later than McKinney would need to.

  5. CrankyYankee71

    Unions and the governor are at a standstill, as while the unions are willing to give concessions, they also want to see tax increases as part of the solution. The governor has said she will not raise taxes.

    Why would a union demand tax increases? All such a “demand” does is further the fears of conspiracy theorists who think unions are part of an international plot to move our country towards socialism. This really is a stupid demand for which union leaders gain no benefit.

  6. Democrats are left to wonder if they might not have lost every gubernatorial election since 1986 had Mr. Blumenthal either run for the office or disclaimed interest early.

    Hartford Courant Editorial: No Kidding

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