Democrats Find Some Money

Somehow Democrats have managed to dig around in all their accounts and come up with over a billion dollars in money that’s just… sitting there. They have graciously offered it up as their budget mitigation plan.

I’m glad that they found it. Really.

But how does this happen?

Gov. Rell is not happy with the plan. One reason is that Democrats left out an early retirement provision that she says would have saved $22 million.

Unions Make Concessions in New Haven

Another interesting story is that in New Haven, many unions are offering concessions as a way to avoid layoffs. However, it looks like they have to be taken right to the brink for that to happen. Will we see this on the state level eventually?

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21 responses to “Democrats Find Some Money

  1. “Another interesting story is that in New Haven, many unions are offering concessions as a way to avoid layoffs….Will we see this on the state level eventually?”

    No way Jose, uh…Genghis.

    The state unions are airing ludicrious ads about how crucial they are and that we CAN’T cut back anything on them.

    It was be amusing to find out how much those ads cost to run.

    A more entertaining use of that dough would be to have a bonfire with it in Bushnell Park. It would have the exact same effect on swaying public opinion in their favor right now.

    Bet there are ad sales folks snickering with every buy they sell for those things. At least someone will see some benefit from them.

    The unions even did their OWN poll that shows people don’t want the services they provide reduced in any way.

    Who is doing their PR? Henny Youngman?

  2. “Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday that they’ve turned over every rock in the state budget and were able to find enough money to cover this year’s budget deficit, which is estimated at more than $1 billion.”

    Exactly where is this “rock pile”. Does anyone have a treasure map besides Williams and Donovan? This must be more than just a rock pile, it must be a huge mountain.

  3. What are these funds? Is this state money, or dedicated to some specific purpose and being held by the state? I remember years ago they raided the Energy Conservation Fund which is paid in by utility rate payers, and dedicated to funding energy conservation. Eventually they had to pay the money back.
    Is this just another form of borrowing, or is it state money free and clear?

  4. AndersonScooper

    It’s too bad Connecticut doesn’t have a Democrat as Governor.

    That person would be wholly responsible for the budget and would be in a much better position to lead the State Legislature.

    As it is now, Governor Rell is trying to do everything in her power NOT to be responsible for the budget. And she has little influence, if any, on a State Legislature that can seem out of control and answerable to no one.

    The lesson? Divided government isn’t working very well.

  5. CrankyYankee71

    blockquote>It’s too bad Connecticut doesn’t have a Democrat as Governor.

    Your are joking, right? Even with a Republican governor now, Dems are doing everything they can to not cut spending by 1 dime. Can you imagine the trouble we would be in if we had a tax and spend Democrat occupying the Office of the Governor?

    The lesson? Divided government isn’t working very well.

    I agree. That is the reason we need to throw out the Democratic legislators and elect libertarian/small government Republicans.

  6. It’s too bad Connecticut doesn’t have a Democrat as Governor.

    Yeah, because the Democrats haven’t done anything to cause this mess, let’s reward them by giving them a seat they haven’t been able to win for the last 23 years. That’s fair.

  7. As it is now, Governor Rell is trying to do everything in her power NOT to be responsible for the budget. And she has little influence, if any, on a State Legislature that can seem out of control and answerable to no one.

    Do you actually re-read your posts before you submit them?

    On the one hand you say we need a Democrat Governor to bring responsiblity and leadership to State Gov’t to get us out of this fiscal mess. Then, on the other hand, you state we need a Democrat Governor to control a State Legislature that is essentially in chaos. Can you remind me who controls the State Legislature?

    So, to use your logic….we need a Democrat Governor to control the SUPERMAJORITY Democrats. And, by the way, it’s these very same SUPERMAJORITY Democrats who you say are “out of control” and “answerable to no one.” What am I missing here? Are you really so naive to think that a Governor Amann or Governor Susie B will restore this chaos?

    The truth is the Democrats have squandered their supermajority status for the past 4 years+. How weak and pathetic you must feel always being one-upped by “granny Rell” (your words.) The Connecticut Democrats are a party devoid of any true leader. Period.

    Finally, on your “lesson” about “Divided Gov’t not working well.” May I suggest a reading of David Mayhew’s “Divided We Govern.” You may recognize that name, my Yale educated friend, as he is a Political Science Professor at Yale. “Lesson” over.

  8. AndersonScooper

    I stand by my assertion that the buck currently stops nowhere, and that together as a state we are suffering from a lack of leadership and accountability.

    A Democrat at the top would be responsible for almost everything that goes on. Rell just sits there and passes the buck in a bid to remain popular.

  9. The next time someone tells us there is no waste in CT state government they need to read this thread…..

    How much more money is hidden away up there in Hartford???? Instead of us worrying about tax increases this sounds like there are enough rocks with gold under them for us to all get tax cuts……..

    You just cannot make this stuff up !!!!!!!!!!

  10. First off, the Dems didn’t “find” any money. It’s always been there, if it is even there at all. In order to offer a plan to cut the deficit, they are giving the list of all the off-budget accounts and saying they will look in them to see if any excess money is around for them to purloin. So they are padding their mitigation number by saying “AND we will find $200 million in these accounts to take……” They may as well have listed the bank accounts of the 1000 wealthiest residents and said they would find the money there.

    They are not closing the deficit – they are delaying taking action for a few more months – until it is too late and the rainy day fund automatically covers the shortfall without them being forced to take any action. Yeah Dems! Another profile in supermajority courage…..

  11. A Democrat at the top would be responsible for almost everything that goes on. Rell just sits there and passes the buck in a bid to remain popular.

    Gee, it’s a damn shame that our State’s Democrats are a bunch of bumbling idiots, huh? I mean, they had so many awe-inspiring candidates like John DeStefano, Bill Curry, and Barbara Kennelly, and we’re such a “blue” state, I can’t figure out that they haven’t been able to win a single election. To paraphrase Obama, didn’t we have an election on this? Connecticut does not want a Democrat as its Governor.

  12. CrankyYankee71

    I stand by my assertion that the buck currently stops nowhere, and that together as a state we are suffering from a lack of leadership and accountability.

    Why do you think we have elections.? The buck stops at the ballot every election cycle. If you do not like the job your legislators are doing, vote for the other guy/lady. If we, collectively, keep voting the same folks into office then we, collectively, get what we deserve.

  13. Oh, Poopy, just think of the glory … We could be looking at $40 billion in deficits instead of the mere trifles we face now, because with a Dem governor we’d have a $17 billion-a-year single payer health care plan that doubles the state budget at a stroke, plus who knows what else … state-paid tutors for Yalies who can’t find gainful employment and mandated coverage for in-patient hangnails and iPhones for welfare moms and finally — FINALLY — newspapers would be required to post the “true” starting times of movies.

    Of course, we’d tax personal income so far out of existence it would join the passenger pigeon as something people only vaguely recall … And business would consist solely of U-Haul rental counters.

    But imagine the paradise you could have created!

  14. Why do you think we have elections.? The buck stops at the ballot every election cycle. If you do not like the job your legislators are doing, vote for the other guy/lady. If we, collectively, keep voting the same folks into office then we, collectively, get what we deserve.

    Connecticut hasn’t wanted a Democratic governor but that is because Rell and her Teflon approach to leadership has not been challenged. Her administration, which I think could easily be called “Grandma governance,” relied on her hard-to-explain popularity for doing nothing more than a bunch of radio interviews and sailing along the status quo. Sure, the Dems who have ran for governor in the past 20 years have been weak but Rell’s election in 2006 was more about personality than politics in which she, the owner of the better personality (Grandma factor) allowed her to win. Next time around, voters aren’t going to be looking as personality. They’re going to be looking at their pocketbooks and wallets and wondering who can lead the state out of this crisis. And when asked to reflect upon the do-nothing approach Rell has taken to leadership, they’re going to realize they cannot afford to have a nice old lady in charge and instead they need a leader to actually lead us through these tough times with smart, pragmatic, and honest government.

  15. Does the Dem plan include any givebacks from thr State Employee Labor Unions? And if so, any hint as to what the Dems are counting on?

  16. Maybe we can get the CT Legislature to do what Oklahoma and twelve other states have done to get rid of mandates…

    “As WND reported, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution: Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

    Analysts expect 12 additional states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania. ”

    Why can’t Ct be on this list?

    My sources tell me,
    Yale University has another dorm renovation in the pipeline and asked the Unions for givebacks if any. They were looking for 1 million in concessions collectively. I’m not sure how well this went over since almost every trade has a wage increase vote every year and expect to get one.

  17. Ah Ha! The old shoe box in the closet trick.

  18. They’re going to be looking at their pocketbooks and wallets and wondering who can lead the state out of this crisis. And when asked to reflect upon the do-nothing approach Rell has taken to leadership, they’re going to realize they cannot afford to have a nice old lady in charge and instead they need a leader to actually lead us through these tough times with smart, pragmatic, and honest government.

    Interesting….you say the “do nothing approach” to Rell…..don’t you really mean the “do nothing approach” by the Supermajority Democrats? In all seriousness, please name me ONE thing the Supermajority have proposed/done in 4 years — besides, of course, trying to raise our taxes by $1.6 Billion dollars? Or maybe it was the $17 Billion dollar Universal Health Care bill?

    If you really are looking at the CT Democrats to find a leader to give you “smart, pragmatic, and honest government” you are barking up the wrong tree.

  19. “Sure, the Dems who have ran for governor in the past 20 years have been weak”

    It would appear those Dems who have run for, and since become the leaders of the General Assembly are even far weaker.

  20. Interesting….you say the “do nothing approach” to Rell…..don’t you really mean the “do nothing approach” by the Supermajority Democrats? In all seriousness, please name me ONE thing the Supermajority have proposed/done in 4 years — besides, of course, trying to raise our taxes by $1.6 Billion dollars? Or maybe it was the $17 Billion dollar Universal Health Care bill?

    The governor is the executive leader of the state…it is his or her job to “lead” and the job of the legislature to keep him or her in check and pass laws. I’m not saying the supermajority Dems are perfect – they aren’t. But they’re legislators, not governors. And governors need to be the central leadership figure of the state. Could they fill the void when the governor does nothing? Perhaps. But it’s still her job.

    And, by the way, proposing universal healthcare is a “do something” not “do nothing” approach to a chronic problem.

  21. “And, by the way, proposing universal healthcare is a “do something” not “do nothing” approach … ”

    Right. In the sense that Captain Smith could have “done something” that April night by backing RMS Titanic up a mile or so and ramming that iceberg AGAIN.

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