Quote of the Day

“While some progress has been made in negotiations, it is time for us to sit down with you at the table and finalize an agreement.”

–State Sen. Donald Williams, in a letter sent to Gov. Rell. The governor fired back that progress has been “painfully slow and pitifully small,” and that the conversation wasn’t at a point where she could enter the negotiations. Rell also encouraged Democrats to “pass a budget.”

The legislative session ends Wednesday at midnight.

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12 responses to “Quote of the Day

  1. Yes… that’s quite a quote.

    While the governor has made tough choices through rescissions and her budget proposals, the Dems have offered a few million in cuts and whopping tax increases.

    That’s what passes for “progress”? It’s easy to see why when we see what passes for leadership.

  2. Why did Donovan hire the public relations guy for $165,000/yr? And how many staff does he have? I think it was reported that he has 9 PR staff… on the House side. I don’t recall any reporting on the Senate’s PR staffing levels.

    In all seriousness, there’s at least a dozen regulars here at CTLP who could do a better job than the PR guys in Hartford… unless Donovan and Williams are the ones impeding the Press Machine. And if that’s the case, then why hire the PR guys?

    At least Crusher made it fun!

  3. Mr. Reality

    Shocking that Ghegis would use Williams quote as his quote of the day.

  4. Rell also encouraged Democrats to “pass a budget.”

    Donovan and Williams pass a budget????? These guys are clearly so incompetent all they are able to pass is gas.

  5. Donovan and Williams pass a budget????? These guys are clearly so incompetent all they are able to pass is gas.

    Hey oh!……..wakka wakka wakka.

  6. Allow me to disagree with the right-wing talking points. It sounds to me like Williams and Donovan have consistently worked to engage the Governor’s office in bipartisan negotiations. It’s clear that neither the Dems nor the Administration can pass a budget without the other. Instead of engaging in name calling and irresponsible behavior, maybe the Governor should start with offering a balanced budget. Even with Keno her proposals are $1 billion short of balanced.

    Williams, Donovan and the Dems have offered a balanced budget. Maybe you don’t like the particulars, but its responsible. It’s also responsible to ask the Governor to come to the table to negotiate. This about getting it done, folks. The sooner the Governor checks the paritsan politics at the door and starts acting like a leader, they sooner we’ll get out of this mess.

  7. It sounds to me like Williams and Donovan have consistently worked to engage the Governor’s office in bipartisan negotiations.

    Why does it sound like that? Because they say so?

    It’s clear that neither the Dems nor the Administration can pass a budget without the other.

    Wrong again. The Democrats can pass anything they want, once they appoint responsible and competent leadership. Until that happens…

    Williams, Donovan and the Dems have offered a balanced budget.

    No, they have not. They have proposed raising tax rates, which will not raise the tax revenues the Democrats say they will. Take a look at New York, New Jersey, California, etc., and tell me whether their tax hikes brought home the revenue that those states predicted. Raising the income tax right now will create fiscal chaos. There’s a reason why we’re fourth-from-the-bottom in job growth, and raising taxes will only make things worse.

    The Governor is right. Connecticut absolutely must hold the line on tax increases right now, and we need someone with the backbone to make that clear to Connecticut voters. If that person is Grandma Rell, so be it.

  8. No, they have not. They have proposed raising tax rates, which will not raise the tax revenues the Democrats say they will.

    Partly via another $10 buck a carton hike in cigarette taxes.

    That might sound swell if you’re a tobacco opponent; except it simply won’t work and kills jobs like crazy.

    New York State loses $1 billion from tobacco smuggling.

    Read more: “Mouth Of The Potomac – NY Daily News”

    People fail to grasp that over 75% of all convenience store purchases include some tobacco product or that tobacco sales account for roughly 34- 36% of the total profit in those stores.

    Over 85% of all cigarettes are sold at locations employing under 10 people; and 90% of those are owner operated.

  9. It sounds to me like Williams and Donovan have consistently worked to engage the Governor’s office in bipartisan negotiations.

    Considering the fact that the Dems are spending 165K on their PR guy plus who knows how much on his staff – it should sound like that.

    According to my contacts at the Capital it isn’t the case at all however.

  10. Dobb – This post begins with a quote from letter from Williams and Donovan to the Governor. Her response is also publicly available. Read the letters.

    The right-wing likes to talk about the “tyranny of the majority” in the CT legislature, but they are also the most likely to dare the legislature to act independently of the administration. How ironic is that? Williams and Donvan don’t want a legislature at war with the Governor and we should be thankful for that. The real question is: why is Governor Rell unwilling to negotiate with legislative leaders on budget issues?

    Lastly, it seems clear that you don’t like tax proposals and doubt thier effectiveness. In a civil debate, we can disagree on such points. But shouldn’t the Governor be in the room? Shouldn’t she be the one to “hold the line?” Shouldn’t she sit with legislative leaders to make whatever points she wishes to make with whatever backbone she has? Shouldn’t she be leading the debate?

    Perhaps you’re nervous about Rell’s backbone. Didn’t she say she wouldn’t borrow a few weeks before she released her new plan with $1billion in borrowing?

  11. “Williams and Donvan don’t want a legislature at war with the Governor and we should be thankful for that.”

    Thanks, Doug Whiting.

    But that’s not quite what Pornstachio and Speaker Union Label want. What they WANT is cover for their tender pink bottoms.

    What they WANT is $3.3 billion MORE of our money, in the middle of a recession, so they don’t have to go back to the people who pay for their elections and staff their campaigns and say “sorry, the eternal pig trough really does have a bottom.”

    What they WANT is to do anything — ANYTHING — other than what they know ordinary people in this state want and need.

    And that’s their decision.

    But the only way I can think of for them to look more deluded, pathetic, cowardly, sniveling and sanctimonious than they do now is to … well, send more letters.

  12. Williams, Donovan and the Dems have offered a balanced budget. Maybe you don’t like the particulars, but its responsible. It’s also responsible to ask the Governor to come to the table to negotiate. This about getting it done, folks. The sooner the Governor checks the paritsan politics at the door and starts acting like a leader, they sooner we’ll get out of this mess.

    Again, I do enjoy the apologists here for Williams and Donovan…

    As I have said before I am very pleased that the Democrats are continuing to fight the PR fight that they have already lost. Please continue.

    The above is more of the same canned shit being generated from the House and Senate Dems. The fact is that the Democratic leaders in the General Assembly do not have the courage to make a single cut when no matter what happens, cuts simply have to be made.

    They seem convinced that harping on the $2 billion out of balance they claim the Governor’s February budget was is really something significant to hold onto. Frankly, I am happy they are too incompetent to realize no one in CT gives a shit other than insiders and leftwing bloggers, and they are losing the PR war.

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