Just an amazing post from the Big Government site about Connecticut’s Democratic legislature and Democratic Gov. and their pursuit to prove that big government tax sucking liberalism can actually work. I was stunned reading the post to see just how liberal the state has become. Sometimes it isn’t until you see it in print that you actually believe any state legislature could go this far.
You’ve heard or read it all before but perhaps never all in the same place. The core of Dr. Susan Berry’s post is the state’s smoke and mirrors budget and how when it comes to shared sacrifice the private sector is expected to share and sacrifice while the Gov.’s favorite constituency, labor unions, gets to share in your sacrifice.
Governor Malloy’s legislative agenda appears to be right out of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid “every day another stunning bill” play book. And much of the legislation seems, in one way or another, connected to Mr. Malloy’s close relationship with the public sector unions which worked hard to elect him.
The legislature passed the largest tax hike in the history of the state, and then secured a deal, though still “tentative,” with union leaders for $1.6 billion of the $2 billion in concessions needed to close the state’s budget gap. Many are skeptical of the “concessions,” since it appears little was really given up, from the private sector perspective, and the package relies heavily upon retirements. In addition, the governor said he would make up the difference primarily with spending cuts. However, in true Pelosi-Reid “let’s pass the bill on Christmas Eve” fashion, Mr. Malloy gave the news to lawmakers, Friday night before Memorial Day weekend, that he would, instead, make up the remaining hole in the budget with none other than projected “surplus” monies. Thus, the “surplus” is only to help the unions, who apparently couldn’t reach their $2 billion goal, not the taxpayers, who are bearing the brunt of the “shared sacrifice.”
But then don’t take my word for it, listen to the governor yourself as he speaks to union members and fellow Democrats at the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner. As I tweeted on that Friday afternoon that the deal with labor was sealed, “ Malloy to unions-who is your daddy?” From her post:
She then goes on to detail how every little liberal wish is coming true in Connecticut, from mandatory sick leave to transgender bathrooms, from the biggest tax increase in state history to granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens, from taxing out-of-state businesses (which small local websites use to generate revenue for their businesses) to early release for prisoners, even ones with a violent past, this legislature has managed to pass legislation that would make even Berkeley blush. Make sure you read all.