Thursday, November 02, 2006

DeStefano: 3 Things To Think About

The Westport News featured an article on DeStefano which opened with this:

"Gov. Rell's leadership is pessimistic and vastly underestimates the potential of this state."

DeStefano's take on the potential of Connecticut focuses on transportation infrastrucutre.
"I-95 down in this part of the state cannot be widened or double decked," DeStefano said. "The state just recently spent $30 million on a pier in New London that should be able to handle growth off the moving cargo. You know, 98 percent of the cargo that comes into the state comes by truck up through I-95, starting in the northern New Jersey ports and coming here.

"I think this state needs to aggressively invest, therefore, in cargo rail into all three of its ports and their port-handling capabilities, in addition to making roadway links throughout the state, especially in regards to the importance of Route 7 down here," DeStefano said. "That all said, here is the distinction between Gov. Rell and myself: I'll get it done." (source: Westport News)
Sounds like DeStefano is supporting Super 7.
According to DeStefano, the larger issue of housing in this part of the state is that "we don't build the kind of housing we built after World War II, which was entry-level housing."
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A reason why people don't build is because cities and towns don't permit entry- level housing, he said. The largest type of expense in every city and town's budget is public schools, and Connecticut ranks first among the 50 states in using the property tax to pay for its public schools, DeStefano said.(source: Westport News)
He's for decoupling school budgets from property taxes, but doesn't say how.
Taxpayers ultimately pay for the service through uncompensated care to hospitals, DeStefano said. He added that each family pays $600 more every year in premiums to providers to cover the cost of what the providers are giving to the uninsured in services without compensation.

Other consequences to this problem, DeStefano said, are that smaller community hospitals are beginning to collapse under the cost of uncompensated care. He said the state is delivering the most expensive kind of health care it can provide, and businesses identify this as a problem.(source: Westport News)
And insert complicated health care program here.
DeStefano proposes setting up a system where, if 50 businesses or less participated and paid 80 percent of a low premium, the corporate income tax could then be eliminated. If 51 businesses or more participated, the corporate income tax could be cut it in half, paid for, he said, by repealing half of the corporate loopholes that have been passed in the last 15 years. (source: Westport News)


Westport News, DeStefano Says He Can Do Better By Brian J. Foster, 11/1/06

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Turfgrrl conveniently leaves out an account of Rell in the same edition of the Westport News because her agenda on this blog is for Rell to win so that Malloy gets another shot next time around. Any Sunshine on this blog covered up by Turfgrrl's clouds.

Anonymous said...

Why don't the voters realize how smart and forward thinking JDS is??? Who could be opposed to unrestrained teacher union budgets?? Why do we have to bother with local referendum on budgets--it's so quaint!!! JDS certainly has everything figured out.

turfgrrl said...

anonymous 4:40: It was a nice profile on Rell, she once again provided an excellent reason to get rid of the car tax. She clearly proposed a practical agenda to promote HUSKY and thinks economic progress is also transportation infrastructure. But, for those who wish to judge for themselves, the link is here.

anaonymous 4:40 said...

Few rely on your judgement, Turfgrrl, but not surprised to see when confronted with sunshine on your manipulative personal agenda driven posts you cough up the balance on the issues but not on the front page.

turfgrrl said...

Anonymous 4:40 redux: Not quite sure what you are driving at, but I think it's clear that I support Rell. That doesn't mean that the ideas DeStefano has outlined aren't worth discussing.

Anonymous said...

DeStefa-NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO way I'm getting spanked so badly in Fairfield County per the QPoll!!

Anonymous said...

The translation of "pessimistic" for all non-liberals is "realistic"

Anonymous said...

The Q-poll is a joke. Ask Douglas Schwartz.

Anonymous said...

GC- How about a thread with both Stamford Advocate Articles on the LG's? Fedele's from Monday and Glassman's from Today...