This ‘transformational’ budget won’t really change much – The Connecticut Examiner




A few good little things were done by the session of the General Assembly that just ended, but the best things about the session may have been what it did not.

That is, it did not raise taxes much – mainly on heavy trucks – and therefore did not put Connecticut at a further disadvantage over other states or give resident taxpayers the state more reasons to consider moving to cheaper jurisdictions. The large far-left faction of the Democratic legislative caucuses wanted to dramatically raise taxes for the rich, but with emergency money from the federal government Governor Lamont, a more moderate Democrat, prevented it, knowing it was financially unnecessary and could wait until after the next elections.

The legislature did not create, as has been proposed in the name of “fairness” – now a euphemism for political patronage – an independent agency with its own source of revenue to spend billions on infrastructure projects in cities, outside the normal supervision of the governor and the legislature. This was to be done on the false premise that Connecticut‘s urban problem is the disintegration of infrastructure rather than the disintegration of society.

Instead, the legislature authorized $ 1.5 billion in dedicated city bonds over the next 10 years, to be overseen by a new commission to be seated on the governor, legislators and their representatives, a sort of deputy. State Bond Commission committee. The initiative carefully preserves the false premise about the cause of the urban problem.

The legislator did not increase taxes on gasoline in the name of a “climate initiative”, and thus left “climate change” to its historical authors, the sunspot cycle and the precession of the axis of Earth.

The legislature did approve big spending increases – 2.6% the first year, 3.9% the second – but the huge increase in federal money will cover it and most of the new money will go to more of the same things the government does state made from the beginning. Then, with no more money from Washington, no tax increases or spending cuts, in three years the state government will go back to big deficits.

Funding is increased modestly for nonprofit groups that provide social services at half the cost of the state’s own government employees. Subsidies are also increased for people who purchase medical insurance from the state government insurance exchange.

As usual, much of the extra money – starting with what is sent to municipalities – will end up increasing the pay of the government’s own union employees, the Democratic Party army. This will be euphemized as “property tax relief”, although property taxes are never relieved.

But given the increased Democratic margin in the legislature, the damage could have been much worse.

In a discussion this week with talk show host Will Marotti on WTIC-AM1080, Bob Stefanowski, the 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate, who may seek revenge with Governor Lamont, noted some of the recent embarrassment of the government. state government. Stefanowski said there was “no surveillance”.

Indeed, this lack of oversight extends well beyond these occasional embarrassments and falls under the most costly policies. As the governor and other Democratic leaders celebrate their new budget as “transformational,” while the television cameras are turned off, does anyone really think the budget will make a difference in the life and government of the government? Connecticut?

For decades, the state government has dramatically increased spending in the name of education, but student performance has not improved and its racial gap remains mortifying even though school workers are better paid.

The same goes for cities, whose populations are getting poorer and where violent crime is worsening despite ever increasing financial aid from the State.

If state welfare programs made people self-sufficient, their credits would decrease, not increase.

Housing prices are skyrocketing and economic and racial segregation is entrenched because the state’s housing supply is so limited. Again, there is little action.

And of course, government spending cannot be cut or even shifted much.

No, the legislature abolished its Program Review and Inquiry Committee years ago. It doesn’t matter that anything in the state government works a lot except to pay the salaries of the Democratic Party army.

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Chris Powell is a columnist for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut.



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