CEQ Not Disposable, Even If Everyone Tired of Budget Process

by Russ Brenneman, a director and former co-chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, and the chair of the CTLCV Education Fund.

It’s déjà vu all over again…again…again.

I thought of Yogi’s timeless remark when I learned the other day that Governor Rell’s newest budget proposal omits funding for the Council on Environmental Quality.

As the ludicrous struggle to come up with a budget to keep the state government operating has gone on for weeks that have turned into months, CEQ has been out and then been in and then been out again and then back in, in various budgets put forth from time to time. And now the governor has evidently tossed it out once more.

Environmentalists had thought they had saved CEQ and now it turns out it may not be saved after all — right as the lazy, vacation filled days of August are upon us and many of us are elsewhere enjoying summer fun.

A problem with this kind of budget game is that people get tired of it, even the legislators themselves. And advocates take their eyes off what has been going on, figuring past battles have been won. Negotiators may get tired enough to give up just to go home and get the whole thing over.

CEQ has not become less valuable just because everybody is tired. Until this budget is locked up no battle has been finally won. No apparent victory is safe.

Certainly CEQ is not safe from a governor who apparently does not care enough to keep it going on the pittance it requires. This is not a time when environmentalists can safely look away from this shabby process or fail to make their voices heard. Or remind everyone concerned that we vote and have excellent memories.

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6 responses to “CEQ Not Disposable, Even If Everyone Tired of Budget Process

  1. SouthernWreck

    The GOP ‘wallowing-in-dysfunction’ with respect to responsive and responsible budget-creation is actually a strategy for success.

    A problem with this kind of budget game is that people get tired of it, even the legislators themselves. And advocates take their eyes off what has been going on, figuring past battles have been won. Negotiators may get tired enough to give up just to go home and get the whole thing over.

    “Past battles”…won become new GOP victories, because their opponents from all interest sectors are not used to the constant re-trenching and back to “square-one” outcomes that so-called leaders like Rell propagate. Change your mind, change the agencies, but accomplish nothing that can be called progress. It’s mindless, and they like it that way!

    She (or really her crafty but feckless counselors) relies on advocates having to cover the whole map of success and failure, all the gains made, because they are always about turning back the clock, of not moving forward, of living in an eternal Brookfield of the mind where it’s forever ReaganLand, and nothing ever gets better, except for their friends and sycophants.

    Something saved becomes lost, and it’s all ho-hum, because they have zero investment in actual change and protection of the environment, as just an example, of all the many things that government must accomplish – it’s all just lip service. Because all that matters is doing the bidding of her coterie supporters. Taxes! Fear!

    And we lose, and the environment loses. If good stuff accomplished falls by the wayside, oh well….that is the nutshell of their management style. I’ve seen it up close.

    Don’t take your eyes off the game board. Don’t tire! This style of government-by-inaction can be beaten, but it takes hard work, something they don’t do.

  2. And we lose, and the environment loses. If good stuff accomplished falls by the wayside, oh well….that is the nutshell of their management style. I’ve seen it up close.

    Up close? I seriously doubt it.

    Usual leftist drivel.

    The left doesn’t tend to hunt, and certainly don’t make up even a sizable minority of those that relish the outdoors with the exception of those (usually amateurs) that park illegally, trespass, litter, and get themselves lost, stuck, injured or killed on ragged mountain in Berlin and elsewhere across the country.

    Yet the left goes on and on politicizing the environment as if they actually cared – which they don’t.

    A junk yard (or – “automobile recycling facility”) across the street from a 20 million dollar super fund site was forced by the EPA to preform 3 test borings per acre at a total cost of 72K then when nothing was found to do it again (another 72K) while the EPA tried to associate the yard with the problem across the street.

    None was found.

    Not having fully harassed the operation the EPA then tried to force the operation to “beautify” the place despite the fact that it’s not visible without trespassing onto their property.
    The “plan” would have cost millions, yet would have benefited no one.

    Part of the “EPA plan” required local zoning authority cooperation.
    The board correctly and unanimously told the EPA to “go fish”.

    “Up close”??
    Yeah – we’ve seen those idiots “up close” – they’re no better than mobsters or terrorists, selling “protection”.
    They’re undeserving of discourse with upright people and should be treated no differently than anyone would treat any other group of hoodlum punks.

  3. Gimme a break, Russ.

    What does the CEQ do?

    According to their website:

    The Council on Environmental Quality was created in 1971 to do three jobs:

    1. Assess the condition of Connecticut’s environment and report its findings annually to the Governor, and recommend actions to improve state environmental programs.

    2. Advise other state agencies on the environmental impacts of proposed construction projects.

    3. Investigate citizens’ complaints and allegations of violations of environmental laws.

    Not one of these could not be done by DEP. Alot has changed since 1971 — first and foremost the view and importance most place on environmental concerns. I would bet that the DEP of today is far different than the DEP in 1971.

    They do put out a very nice, glossy report every year on trends on a variety of issues.

    Since they are

    Certainly CEQ is not safe from a governor who apparently does not care enough to keep it going on the pittance it requires….

    I have an idea. If it is such a pittance, why doesn’t the League of Conservation Voters step up and adopt as part of their mission the role functions formerly done by the CEQ?

  4. Irrelevant. Utterly irrelevant. That’s why funding got cut. Next?

  5. CEQ sounds like a waste of time to me. What’s the next useless commission we can eliminate?

  6. I been thinking about this… and want to be an advocate for the Permanant Commission for the Status of Women.

    Yes, things have changed since the were formed in 1973. Every constitutional office has been held by a woman at one time or another, We have had women majority leaders and a speaker of the house, we have women leaders of their cuacus; in the senate, we have had women in congress.

    But having four constitutional officers at once isn’t enough, so we should continue to fund the pittance of a budget ($1.4 million) until every major elected office is held concurrently by someone with a choo-choo, or vajayjay, as my niece calls it.

    So,

    Don’t take your eyes off the game board. Don’t tire! This style of government-by-inaction can be beaten, but it takes hard work, something they don’t do.

    We need more vajayjay’s in state government, after all!

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