Governor's Bills Die in Committee

The Government Administration and Elections committee yesterday killed several of the governor’s proposals, including her plan to consolidate several state agencies, and a proposal that would have reduced the amount of money participants in public campaign financing would receive.

This, of course, is the usual pattern. The governor will make a lot of noise about new proposals in her budget speech, but a few months later they will quietly die before ever reaching the floor. The bills were defeated along partisan lines.

Paid Sick Days Rally

A small group of people rallied yesterday in support of a proposal to require paid sick leave for workers. Business organizations still protest that the plan would lead to businesses closing. I have a very hard time believing that.

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6 responses to “Governor's Bills Die in Committee

  1. A small group of people rallied yesterday in support of a proposal to require paid sick leave for workers. Business organizations still protest that the plan would lead to businesses closing. I have a very hard time believing that.

    It will increase the cost of doing business in Connecticut which already is near or at the top of the list in that category. In isolation none of the this type of legislation is a single cause of the poor business climate in the state, but the cumulative effect is counter-productive.
    This is certainly not the time to be increasing the cost of doing business.

  2. The Government Administration and Elections committee yesterday killed several of the governor’s proposals, including her plan to consolidate several state agencies, and a proposal that would have reduced the amount of money participants in public campaign financing would receive.

    And they offered as an alternative…..?

  3. JM,

    “It will increase the cost of doing business in Connecticut which already is near or at the top of the list in that category.”

    JM, look what you point out there is not the concern of the “progressives” in the General Assembly. Instead of wasting your time complaining about the high cost of doing business in this state to them, why don’t you do try doing something positive about that issue, since they won’t???

    Either raise your prices, or hire some engineers to design and build the equipment needed to cut your fixed costs…… You just can’t sit back here JM and expect the GA to do all the heavy lifting for you. Or I guess you could also just patiently watch as your business to goes belly up, and wait for your bail out to show up. :-).

  4. Either raise your prices, or hire some engineers to design and build the equipment needed to cut your fixed costs…… You just can’t sit back here JM and expect the GA to do all the heavy lifting for you. Or I guess you could also just patiently watch as your business to goes belly up, and wait for your bail out to show up. :-).

    Or move the business to the Far East as so many already have.

  5. JM, Instead of wasting your time complaining about the high cost of doing business in this state to them, why don’t you do try doing something positive about that issue, since they won’t???

    Or move the business to the Far East as so many already have.

    No, no , no…. you missed the assignment, JM. Try something like:

    “The Far East has a very intelligent workforce supported with a rigorous educational system in growing economies that would love to take your business.”

    or

    “The cost of labor and living is cheaper in the warm year-round climates of central Alabama!”

    or

    “Miss your friends who left the state long ago? Join them now! They actually appreciate the jobs they have in a sinking economy and the other states are run by people who actually know something about business.”

  6. At a time when the economy is in the tank and businesses are struggling, adding an additional cost burden is likely to do nothing but lead to increased unemployment at the least. The state is hemorraging businesses and watching the younger workforce leave for lower cost of living in the south and midwest. Once people nevr gave much thought to moving to places like Alabama and Idaho….now as they become more attractive….they are leaving to such destinations.

    We left Connecticut in January for Ohio. What did we find here….well about a 30 percent reduction in the cost of living while earning the same salary. My home cost 60 percent less than a comparable one in CT, my property taxes half, my utility bills half…..there isnt a comparison that works in CT or the Northeast favor. On top of that, the schools are top notch, with smaller class sizes and rigid standards for teachers and students. Oh and folks here are lot more courteous and amicable in general.

    So, what is CT going to to do attract businesses and keep residents….oh yeah, increase the cost and tax burden on both…..

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