1. CT is not a state that has federal facilities like NIH, CDC, NASA, research and other federal facilities....so that is one factor.
2. CT is not a border state that would require federal facilities and services.
3. CT does not have a major commercial port that would require federal assistance, think New Orleans and Katrina clean up over the last number of years.
And by the way, check the definitions, details, terms, what was included and what was excluded before accepting at face value a generalized statement about this.
But CT is one of the least fiscally stable states with many areas it needs to improve including transparency, cost efficiencies, voter issues re election and voter/voter registration fraud (think ACORN in Bridgeport where it was reported nearly 25% of registrations in 2008 were issues like Mickey Mouse...and the 2010 election in Bridgeport where bags of ballots appeared - which also happened in 2008 in another FFC city.) CT legislature changed laws that ran insurance companies out of the state and many other companies have followed suit. View Comment
Different accounting maneuvers do not make a state fiscally healthy.
From My Left Nutmeg:
Connecticut Fiscal Policy: Surplus First, Deficit Later
Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 09:29:56 AM EST
What brought Connecticut to this precarious point is primarily the use of one-time revenues and the borrowing to pay for operating costs.
As Keith Phaneuf explains:
"Since the governor took office three years ago, close to $1 billion in operating costs have either been deferred or shifted onto the state's credit card. Malloy criticized these very gimmicks when he was a candidate in 2010.
'Too often over the past 16 years, and especially over the past two years, Hartford's played a budget shell game; piles of money get moved around, erasers get used, and voila, there's a 'balanced budget,' Malloy wrote in a 2010 campaign policy paper. 'It fools only those who want to be fooled.'
Among the steps taken by Malloy and the legislature's Democratic majority were:
Canceling an early $222 million debt payment in June 2012. Instead they used $138 million to close a year-end operating deficit and put $94 million into the Rainy Day Fund.
Refinancing debt to push $392 million in payments owed now until after the election.
Bonding $173 million in new municipal aid over this fiscal year and next.
Bonding $57 million for pollution abatement and stem cell research grants that previously were paid for out of the operating budget.
Borrowing an extra $39 million so that debt payments tied to converting state finances to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles could be deferred until after the election."
You can read more about how gimmicks have been used to create the surplus in the Wait, What post - Governor Malloy's fake Connecticut Budget "Surplus"
In the meantime, the answer is yes - Connecticut presently has a surplus but whoever wins the governor's race in November 2014 will be facing the challenges associated with enormous budget deficits."
Dear "Look At This": The damage was NOT caused by Republican governors, but by a Democratic majority in the legislature. Your fallacy is a prime example of turning facts on their heads - And repeating what is not true doesn't make it true.
And with respect to the administration, why did it change campaign funding laws which were developed to address undue influence so that state contractors can donate to political campaigns?
And why would the governor be traveling to California to raise money? Are Californians wanting to influence outcomes in Connecticut? Is that the model - let's be more like California which according to a state audit last year..."A financial report issued by state auditors finds that the state of California is in the red by an unsustainable $127.2 billion."
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/1/california-red-1272-billion-state-auditors-say/#ixzz2xXbLexPS
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The numbers in the article don't make sense. They say that much of the operating expense increase is due to a $50,000 additional cost in sand and salt; yet the operating expense budget increased 2% from last year ( about $600,000 on a $30.8 million dollar budget... - how does $50,000 even come close to being 'much of the increase?'
Regarding new equipment like cars - who does the negotiating for those deals for the town?
Are we sure that our investments in buildings and infrastructure are being suitably maintained? It would appear that our $887,000 investment in 2002-3 in new air conditioning and roof work at Miller Driscoll has had real issues. Since there are issues, isn't there a guarantee/warranty that would ameliorate those issues?
Does the town have fiscal representation and decision making authority on the Library Board since the town apparently funds most of its expenses?
Regarding the BOE special ed budget which is subject to greater increases - perhaps now is the time to audit it to determine how the money is being spent and if there are economies in administration that will help achieve better outcomes. Are legal fees exacting more than they should?
Where and from what source and on what date are Democrats saying Foley was 'for" a state minimum wage hike to $10.10 - because this clip clearly does not say that he was for it without a national minimum wage of $10.10?
Why would you lead with this title - when you provide no basis for the Democrats' statement or conclusion?
Shouldn't you have the responsibility for requiring details from the Democrats before entitling the piece as it is? Isn't the news that Foley sees that a national minimum wage is the only way to ensure that CT doesn't lose jobs? View Comment
I wonder where State Senator McKinney was or what he did to alert Connecticut residents as to the limited and very skewed representation on Governor Malloy's AccessHealth healthcare exchange team where consumers had little if any voice and health insurance policies begin at $1400/month for families? Did he demand that the 49.9% of voters who voted for Tom Foley/Mark Boughton have representation in and during the process? In what forms and actions did he require proper transparency, disclosures, and representations?
Did Senator McKinney demand hearings on Common Core Curriculum, its costs, disclosure of its content and the backgrounds of its development teams PRIOR to its implementation? Holding hearings now after towns have spent tens of thousands of dollars if not much more to implement a program they had no opportunity to review sounds the same as Washington DC's Congress passing the 'Affordable" Care Act before they could see it. We need a leader who is ahead of the wave, not behind it. View Comment
Common Core was ''voluntarily agreed upon' by the State Board of Education without knowing what was in it. Does that sound familiar? "Promises' don't equate to outcomes. Process and details matter. Legislators and voters were not privy or part of the decision.
Please identify what 'educators' developed the program? Pearson in some of its reference books improperly implies the development of one of the critical inventions of navigation to a different culture developed 800 years after its actual invention by the Greeks. If this is an example of one of the educators, that raises concerns.
Who conducted the survey for the Superintendents? What were the questions and who was polled? If we see how surveys can have very different outcomes on the same topics such as the Q poll vs the KoC poll on assisted suicide, we understand that accepting polling results without question is not in the public interest.
Funding for CC apparently came from the Stimulus bill - money our country does not actually have. Didn't the first year of implementation have a line item cost of over $100,000 in the Wilton BOE budget? Why? For What? Do our town education standards and results require spending additional money that way? Wouldn't that money be better spent on another teacher? Why wouldn't our state education system already have these priorities? We have state testing at different grade levels for learning achievement.
It is not appropriate to label groups who have questions and concerns as 'detractors', that is not respectful.
What groups are included in the "Big Six" proponents of CC?
Who decides who will be on the task force and how will they be selected - from across what demographics including political, economic, geographical? View Comment
Take a look at Dem Chris Donovan. Take a look at the changes in legislation (by a Dem legislature and governor) that allow state contractors to give donations to parties and where that money is going...Democratic Party.
ACORN with a strong presence in Bridgeport and New Haven was NOT a Republican party organization but a Democrat party associated org and was disbanded for their tax issues and activities.
How would a Florida printing company providing services and products for candidates trigger this? It certainly could not be that interstate commerce is prohibited.
Undue influence or improper access or corruption should not be tolerated from either party. View Comment
Know your sources, here know the documentary's producers: Iran's Press TV has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League as broadcasting Anti-Semitism around the world.
Moreover, Press TV is the Iranian 'news organization' apparently controlled, monitored, and regulated by the Iranian government.
Any bias here?
According to other sources, Wikipedia as a general but not authoritative source, "Press TV is state-funded and is a division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB)....
Press TV broadcasts news reports and analyses which are close to the official position of the Iranian government, and its programmes are monitored and regulated by the Islamic Republic. Although there have been attempts to establish private, independent media outlets in Iran, notably by former Iranian Presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, the 1979 Constitution of the Islamic Republic mandates that "all broadcasting must exclusively be government-operated."
It took a number of months of constant requests for information and demands for copies of the reports before the administration accepted that the testing ignored proper protocols.
The people in charge should not be in charge of the retesting, the review of the results, and the communication of the results to the families and the community.
Why should the community have trust with the same players? View Comment
Perhaps some other details about what 'importance of learning' means? Would that include making certain that all students have equal access to information during the learning process? That only some students have access or have more resources to prepare for course work, tests, assessments? If classes do not return tests and quizzes and only some students have access to past tests and quizzes and keep them from the other students who would benefit from learning from them, how is the importance of learning protected? Do the results actually reflect the message? View Comment
Providing "unaudited" numbers to the BoSelectman for a town audit does not equate to auditing the BoEducation budget.
Let's be sure we understand that these words and impressions apparently have been used with different understandings and applications which should not be the case.
Not all maintenance was deferred apparently. But this indicates another major issue. The BoEducation budget needs to be audited by an independent auditor which apparently it has not been: the BOE budget provides unaudited number or numbers to the town for its audit. What does 'audit' or 'auditor' mean?
Why aren't there records for maintenance and use of the supplies and materials purchased? How difficult can it be to create a template, prototype service record log?
How long has this been going on? Why don't the people in charge know and for how long did they not care that no one was apparently keeping and maintaining records?
Who would have been in charge of making certain that the supplies were actually used for their anticipated purposes in the schools? Why weren't questions asked to discover this lapse?
Is this how tax dollars are spent? Buy supplies but don't account for their actual use? Do not keep records of maintenance?
purchase orders or payments for supplies do not equal maintenance. View Comment
congratulations to the team participants. According to the Connecticut Debate Association, few high schools participate in Parliamentary Debate competitions. Instead, high school competitions cater to the more traditional "team research" genres. View Comment
If CL&P is now lower the Con Ed, we still should want to know where CL&Ps rates are on a national scale. If we are anywhere near to Hawaii's or Alaska's, we should all be asking, why, since we are not geographically remote or challenged.
And what exactly are the state's programs and how are they helping. What is the mechanism to help low-income families afford very expensive lighting ($8 - $30/bulb)? Is that tax dollars? Those costs make CT unfriendly to businesses and other residents.
Our family's rates also more than doubled since 2000 when electric companies were deregulated and we have replaced older, less efficient appliances in that time period, use them less frequently, and added other energy efficient improvements. View Comment
The problem is not the federal shutdown. Now, back to Connecticut issues. Why in fairness to all sides - remember Malloy won by a extremely narrow margin, fewer than 38 votes per town, and with many issues regarding ballot integrity and wherein registrars kept Republicans from being unofficial checkers as allowed by law - were consumers and Republicans kept from being part of the healthcare Exchange commission in determining what options would be made available in the Exchange? Why are premiums so high? Why are there only 3 levels of coverage? Remember having insurance is not the same as having healthcare. View Comment