Friday, April 28, 2006

T.G.I.F. Open Forum

Thank god its Friday! Looking forward to a beautiful spring weekend.

The House passed the soda bill by a narrow 76-71 vote on Thursday. Governor Rell is expected to sign what is termed the strongest such bill of its kind in the nation.

The Senate, in almost a party line vote, passed a measure to limit the authority of the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to appoint judges from lower levels to decide cases.

As municipalities state-wide struggle with the effects of property revaluation, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez threatened massive lay-offs of police officers, teachers and the closing of schools if the state did not help the city out. Surprising because, as the Hartford Courant reported this morning, City officials had been meeting quietly with state leaders to work something out. Legislators are said to be offended by Perez's outburst and I can't say that I blame them.

The US House Armed Forces Subcommittee approved an additional $400 million appropriation for submarine production on Thursday. The effort is being led by Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Rep. Rob Simmons of CT. Senator Dodd has called it good news as well but all 3 have conceded it is still an uphill battle.

So what else is going on today?

Perez's Pique Performance Irks Lawmakers , Oshrat Caemiel, Jefferey B Cohen And Mark Pazniokas/The Hartford Courant, April 28, 2006


cgg said...

According to the NY Times there is an exception in the bill for soda sold at concession stands during school sponsored events.


Aldon Hynes said...

Eddie Perez? Making threats? No THERE is a surprise.

Paul Vance said...

No outburst here, but as the Chair of Waterbury's Budget Subcommittee, I share the frustration of many municipal officials. It is tough to do a budget with so many unfunded mandates from Washington and Hartford.

Cities like Waterbury, Hartford ect. have additional challenges based on demographics. Our Board of Education budget is more than 140 million dollars, which does not account for the grant sources and other in-kind services that are reflected elsewhere in the budget (like BOE payroll is done by general government.). The frustration, which borders on fear is there around budget time. We need to work hard to make certain that we have allies in Hartford and Washington.

disgruntled_republican said...

Paul Vance-

I too understand the frustration being a former elected official but the last thing I would be doing is threatening layoffs and school closings to put pressure on someone I was already working with to help me.

You don't bite the hand that feeds you and Hartford is fed plenty.

Paul Vance said...


Let me be clear, I was not commenting on how Mayor Perez handled the situation. I only comment on how I handle it in Waterbury, watching my hair go gray and sharpening the pencils as much as I can to make sure that the taxpayers are not driven out of town.

disgruntled_republican said...

Paul Vance-

I hear what you are saying and wasnt saying you were defending Perez. The frustration is real and it isn;t going away. I was just kind of piggy backing on your comments to make mine.

Paul Vance said...

DG Repub,

I hear you. And to take your comments a step further, Waterbury (and Hartford) get quite a bit of money from Hartford. To be fair, we also have a different responsibility based on the economics of the cities. It is a struggle to keep the balance between the services that we provide and those who pay for the services, while considering that there are many who use the services but do not pay towards them. I know I am not saying anything that most people (yourself included) do not already know, I am just putting it out there for discussion.

Patricia Rice said...

Republicans are in trouble. In CT, The speaker gets his transportation plan, the Senate President gets his soda bill and Jodi can't get her car tax plan.

If she can't lead, why is she there? Democrats will hammer her on this and state Republicans may have to forget about Rell coat-tails.

I bet Republicans are getting nervous that the Tomasso issue may shine the light on a few more of them. The paper said that Ellef was able to "Fix Votes". Who's votes did he "Fix" ?????? How many other Republicans were helping Jodi's former partner to cash in? Of course, she knows nothing!

"Fixing votes" as the paper claimed his HUGE news and it's just a matter of time before people start asking the right questions.

disgruntled_republican said...

P Rose-

Keep dreaming.

Wolcottboy said...

Paul Vance,

Grey hairs? The Republican American can hide those by printing B & W pics of the Board. :)

I understand that the largest increases in the budget always go to payroll, pension and insurance. Can you say approx. how much of any increase in the budget is attributable to unfunded mandates?

Perhaps someone can campaign for state office by saying "This year our unfunded mandate expenses went up $_____.__ - which is % over last year's increase.

Wolcottboy said...

An editorial in the Waterbury Rep-Am yesterday ( noted how businessmen often flaunt US law by investing in Iran.

A couple years ago, I found that the State of Connecticut invests $1.8 BILLION in state pension funds in companies that do business primarily in Iran as well. This of course, is contrary to CT Statute Sec. 3-13g that forbids any investment with corporations with business in Iran.

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Here's the link to the saturday CT Post article jus to keep the saga of how ConnDOT works or doesn't work on eminent domain.

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