Open Forum

Yes, it’s Monday again.

The veto session starts today, and can run for a maximum of three days before it must end. Things to watch for:

  • The health care bill–if this doesn’t come out first, it may not come out at all.
  • Will Republicans be able to slow things down enough to block a significant number of override attempts?
  • Can the Senate Democratic caucus hang together, or will they fall apart?
  • The current plan is for a single-day session. If things get slowed down enough, could that change?

Here is a list of bills under consideration.

A controversial land transfer was part of the large conveyance package vetoed by the governor, and now it looks like that veto may stand. No one seems to have known the land transfer was in there. I do love surprises.

The state Insurance Department is holding a hearing today on proposed Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield rate hikes–which could be as much as 32%.

The Guardian Angels are patrolling in Hartford, and looking to start a chapter.

Chris Shays campaign manager Michael Sohn allegedly used payroll taxes to cover up the money he was embezzling from the campaign, according to Shays. No charges have been filed against Sohn as of yet.

Businesses are closing at a record pace, according to the Secretary of the State’s office.

Local conventions and caucuses are starting to happen this week.

What else is going on?


14 responses to “Open Forum

  1. I went to the General Assembly web page and noticed that the legislature was going in at 10. Fearing a filibuster I would think they would go in right away. Have they taken anything up yet and is there indeed a filibuster?

  2. AndersonScooper

    Senate Q2 filings coming on line.



    Foley, Simmons, Alpert not yet available.

    Schiff still not registered as a candidate. (what are the rules regarding this?)

  3. Your link to the Connecticut Post piece on business closings should be a red flag to the legislature.

    The report from Bysiewicz indicates that business failures for the first half of 2009 are up 17%. About 7,000 businesses have closed down. In-migration of new business is also down by 9.6%.

    The question is: Will these figures have any appreciable effect on Democratic plans to raise corporation taxes by 30%?

  4. If these figures persist, whatever else is going on will not matter.

  5. Susan B is doing a bang up job as a CEO. And the corporate surcharge is only going to be 25% – so the Socialist Dems have listened.

    And I’m sure it’s somehow the fear of fillibustering that has the GA waiting until after lunch to get started. They really do give a damn about the needs of the people – that’s why they are committed to dedicating an entire half day to getting their agenda passed.

  6. The report from Bysiewicz indicates that business failures for the first half of 2009 are up 17%. About 7,000 businesses have closed down. In-migration of new business is also down by 9.6%.

    These are not business failures per se. In many cases they are dormant corporations or LLC’s that just let their registrations lapse. In many cases they never conducted any business to begin with.
    The 9.6% figure is probably more relevant.
    Bysiewicz likes to pretend she at the nerve center of the Connecticut economy, but in reality she’s a clerk.
    Having said that there is little question when all the data is considered that Connecticut’s economy has been stagnant for years and the Legislature has done little to address it. In fact one might argue that they have been counterproductive. In any event your point are well taken.

  7. The business closing and veto override stories are two sides of the same coin. Just spent a week in Mass., where universal health care and womb-to-tomb servies are not enough to keep 40,000 people a year from leaving, along with hundreds of businesses.

    If we do not hold the line in this year’s budget negotiations, what will happen is business closing will accelerate, and cushy public accomodations like free health care will drive the state into California-land, a land of deficits where high taxes on the rich can never offset the costs of caring for every non-rich person from birth to death. This is the issue. It’s not merely health care or what have you. No, it is whether we as a state will remain a high-spending, high-tax state in a region full of same, or will morph into something worse — a zone from which taxpayers revolt simply by leaving.

  8. The only filibustering going on now are the Democrats each using their speaking time to speak about why they will vote to override the veto of the ‘Consensus Forecasting’ bill SB 1162.

  9. 2.5 hours and we finally get an override.

    Up next the LI Sound Commmission. Why that?

  10. I enjoyed Cafero’s comment saying Don Williams doesn’t know how to count. Let’s see if Williamse can find away to get to 24 on the important stuff. Based on his track record, I doubt it.

  11. AndersonScooper

    Thumbing through Caligiuri’s Q2 report, I’ve got to say the way in which he’s blowing money is simply incredible.

    Of the first $170,000 Sam’s raised, he’s spent $76K for an Amann-esque burn rate of almost 45%.

    Contrast that with:
    1. Jim Himes, who raised his first $353,000 while spending less than $20K, for a burn rate of about 6%.
    2. Chris Murphy who raised $422,000 while spending less than $40K, for a burn rate of less than 10%.
    3. Joe Courtney who raised $221,000 while spending just $10K, for a burn rate of less than 5%.

    Some of Caligiuri’s wasteful spending:
    $9000 for printing costs? (How can this be?)
    $7500 for FEC software and FEC compliance consulting? (read the candidate manual, it’s not that difficult.)
    $2800 for a tele-forum? (hopefully more than one!)
    $380 for an airport limo.
    $2,000 for legal fees? (I thought Caligiuri was a lawyer.)
    $12,000 in fundraising costs.
    $400 for someone to videotape his announcement speech.

    How can Caligiuri think of himself as a fiscal conservative? I sure don’t want him in charge of spending my tax money!

  12. I wonder how much Schiff has raised for his exploratory committee. How much he raises and more importantly, how many people donate, will determine whether he jumps in the race.

  13. The health care bill–if this doesn’t come out first, it may not come out at all.

    According to my most recent twitter;

    House Democrats win narrow override vote on SustiNet.

    Let’s see what happens in the Senate.


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