Monday, December 25, 2006

Holidays

It's been a peaceful couple of days. It's been nice to have a breather from work, and from politics, and to spend time at home with my wife. The only thing missing is the snow--which hasn't fallen at all this year.

2006--a tumultuous year, to be sure--is coming to a close. The coming week will be a good time to reflect on the year that is ending, and the new year to come. We'll do lots of that, don't worry.

For now, though, enjoy the holidays, and forget about politics for a little while.

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Or, if like me, you just can't forget about politics, read an interview with Rell by Associated Press writer Susan Haigh. Rell is promising to bring back the elimination of the car tax, and to be a "voice of reason." She and the legislature are promising action on energy issues, including letting NU and UI back into the generating business. An interesting read.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It has been made clear to the Governor, forget the car tax plan. She would be wise to move forward.

Paul said...

M. Jodi Rell is a shallow thinking, icon of mediocrity. The pathetic thing is, she's an improvement.

Anonymous said...

I would rather have Jodi Rell as Governor than John DeStefano any day of the week.

The Democratic Party really needs to get State Central to shake things up so maybe in 2010 they can run someone respectable for the Office of Governor.

I think Dan Malloy should get another shot in 2010. Maybe Mary Glassman or Susan Bysiewicz are other possibilities.

I dont think Destefano should ever run again and running Speaker Amann or Senate President Don Williams would just be the same old insider routine.

Anonymous said...

CT's prisons are once again overcrowded, the track record on welfare to work sucks and the CT state police are corrupt. So Rell wants to banter about the car tax.

Anonymous said...

Rell announced that she appointed Bob Ward as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and Anne Gnazzo as Commissioner of Administrative Services.

G-BuryMan said...

B. Ward justed named DMV cmsr.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me?? It's been less than a year since UI and CL&P divested themselves of their generating assets. Letting them back in the game just lets them make more money. In Norwalk, our local utility buys electricity on the open marekt and our rates aren't going up like CL&P's nor are the rates going up in NYC or LI where the utility distributors buy electricity on the open marlet. Sounds to me like Governor Moody to make her Republican friends like Sen John Kissel who works at NU/CL&P richer and richer without getting to the problem at its roots. But Hey, Lisa Moody violated Rell's rules, lied to the state legislature about what she had done and then got REll re-elected so who gives twoo sh--s about honesty and fixing probelms!!!!

Anonymous said...

Once again Connecticut, and the northeast in general, lags behind the rest of the country in population growth and becomes even more marginalized in national politics. Anyone think that high tax rates aren't driving people away now?

TrueBlueCT said...

Dems should pass their own version of car tax reform.

Simply, they should exempt the first $5,000 of a car's valuation. This would get all the "beaters" off of city's tax rolls, and save a lot of administrative headache.

Then they should implement a state wide mill-rate of 25 mills, equalizing car taxes for every CT resident.

I'd also like to see the Dem legislature implement a luxury tax of 40-50 mills for cars valued above $30-40K. (tax at 25 mills to the threshold, and at the higher mill rate above it.)

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

TrueBlueCT said...
... should exempt the first $5,000 of a car's valuation. This would get all the "beaters" off of city's tax rolls, and save a lot of administrative headache.



That is a really good idea and would be a huge help to exactly the people who could use a break.


... implement a luxury tax of 40-50 mills for cars valued above $30-40K.

Like the federal yacht tax, no one would ever pay it.

Get a load of all the NY plated vehicles heading TOWARDS New York on the Merrit early any morning.

The folks driving expensive cars aren't inclined to pay ANY property tax and go to great lengths to register their cars in states that don't have a prop tax on vehicles, even when that means they'll pay a slightly higher insurance premium. (As one could expect with a NY reg.)

Along the same lines; Vermont used to be willing to register a car to a CT resident by mail; I suspect they still do. It does them no harm.

Anonymous said...

Jodi Rell is nothing but a big talker. Her campaign said absolutly NOTHING! She has and continues to do just that....NOTHING! The problem today is that noone who is truly qualified to to the job has no interest in polatics because it has become such a dirty filthy corrupt game. Why would anyone want to put themselves or their family through all of the mud sligning and personal attacks just to hold public office. However, I must say that the people of connecticut must have forgotten that Jodi Rell was second in command of the most corrupt administration in this State's history. Yet she has everyone believing that she knew nothing about what was going on. Personally..I don't.