On the Connecticut side, the piece is entitled “The Anti-Christe”.
If you live in Connecticut, you know who the “Anti-Christe” is. For everyone else, the answer is Governor Dan Malloy. As the piece points out, his budget for the upcoming year is loaded with a myriad of new, and/or increased taxes. But, that still won’t balance the budget, so, he is hoping for some $1 billion in as yet unidentified “union concessions” to do the trick.
I suppose hope does spring eternal, but…
On the Massachusetts side, the piece is entitled “Wisconsin of the East”.
It points to a bill that recently passed the House in Massachusetts, and was sponsored by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Democrat. It would dramatically change collective bargaining for public unions. Among other things, it would require that all retirees enroll in Medicare. The expected savings to the state…$100 million in the next budget year.
It would appear that even Democrats in Massachusetts were persuaded by,
[a] recent study by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education [which] found that from 2000 to 2010 ‘health care consumed two thirds of the entire increase in state spending’ and reform has thus become ‘a critical education issue’.
In the past, when my Connecticut friends complained about their state’s taxes, I used to say, move to Florida. Now I can say, move to Massachusetts, it’s a lot closer.