And that’s my question of the day. If Chris Christie can cut a budget deficit of $11 billion dollars with his first budget … why is it Connecticut anguishes over a “projected gap” of $3 billion. Why is it the only way they could close the current gap was with smoke and mirrors. I’ll take one of these, please. Hat tip to Hot Air for this one.
I draw your attention to the latest Chris Christie video that outlines his achievements in his first six months in office. I also remind you of how Democrat legislators and state unions screamed in unison decrying the cuts as draconian. I remind of you of the personal hits Christie took in the press. And yet he went ahead.
More to come, but I wanted to make our 7PM deadline. Again … I’ll take one of these please.
UPDATE: Ok, here’s the article by Keith Phaneuf that stirred me to post the Christie video. Phaneuf writes that Republican candidate for Governor Mike Fedele is firm on not raising taxes to cut a $3 billion dollar projected deficit … but as Keith writes, less certain on how to do it.
“I don’t think it’s possible and I think it’s irresponsible,” [Democrat John] Geragosian, co-chairman of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee said. “Mike Fedele knows better than all of the other candidates out there what the options are.”
Geragosian and his committee attempted in March 2009 to identify nearly $1.4 billion in potential annual budget cuts. That exercise was launched after lawmakers reacted angrily to a new, two-year budget proposal from Rell that would have been more than $2.7 billion out of balance based on nonpartisan legislative analysts’ estimates.
The committee’s report would have closed six community colleges, two regional campuses for the University of Connecticut and two prisons. It also would have chopped between 10 and 20 percent in payments to cities and towns, nursing homes and social service agencies and cut funding for hospitals, child welfare programs, and mental health treatment facilities.
Geragosian said the report, which wasn’t recommended by his committee, would have been rejected by the legislature, and if Fedele tried to impose deep cuts on the poor and disabled, he would face similar opposition.
No legislature and governor effectively have cut even $1 billion from the annual projected cost of maintaining current programs.
And yet that’s precisely what is happening in New Jersey. Governor Christie has called for pay freezes for teachers. “Do it for the children”, he said. I love it. we’ve been hearing that from the CEA to justify raises for years. And called on residents to reject budgets if they don’t. But that’s not all. From Governor Christie’s office:
Bill S2 makes various pension system changes, S3 requires contributions toward health care benefits by public employees and S4 makes changes concerning payments to public employees for unused sick leave and sick leave injury in State service.
Just recently he has asked school superintendents take pay cuts from their considerable six figure salaries.
Christie said New Jersey “may lose some” superintendents because of the salary cuts, but “if that’s their basis for going, goodbye.” He said he hopes other states will follow suit by reining in pay, and he believes the caps will calm down the competition for superintendents among districts within the state.
Not to mention of property tax cap for cities and towns in New Jersey. But in Connecticut … it can’t be done. I’ll take one of these please.