Concession package – budget balanced – all is good with the world

With passage of the Malloy/SEBAC agreement the unnecessarily long and unnecessarily difficult process comes to an end.

Governor Malloy said this agreement was needed or he’d layoff thousands and shred the safety net. He said there was no other option.

Meanwhile there was never a doubt that Connecticut’s state employees were ready to make major concessions in order to save programs, services and jobs.

But power politics, political pandering and just plain meanness got in the way … and so here we are.

Now the Governor can rescind the layoffs and the extra cuts including the especially deep and offensive cuts to the good government agencies (Freedom of Information, Ethics and Elections Enforcement).

Meanwhile, there are so many issues and questions that remain unanswered — but most of those can wait for another day.

Just two quick questions;

(1). Will the Governor rescind the layoffs for the state employees who staffed the state’s consumer utility hot line? Remember Commissioner Esty eliminated the program even though it is paid for by the utility companies and even though every other state has a hot line for consumers who have problems with their utility companies.

(2). Now that Section 8 of the emergency budget is no longer needed –
The Governor no longer has the power to cut more than 10% of any given line it. But we still don’t know how this “secret” section made it through the Legislature. Its time for the Malloy Administration and the Democratic Legislative leaders to come clean and tell the public what happened.

  • CT Dad

    And the wealthy of Connecticut can rest easy again….

    • jonpelto

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • G

    Actually, a third question should be added.

    “If the projected $1.6 billion in savings doesn’t materialize (and it won’t), will you come back to the unions for still more concessions, or will you actually keep your world and spread the pain statewide, instead of to only 1% of the population?”

  • Sharewhut

    There was this state worker at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half of an hour.
    Then, this big trouble-making governor steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The gov says, “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t stand to see a man cry.”
    “No, it’s not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I go late to my office. My boss, outraged, fires me. When I leave the building, to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said that they can do nothing. I get a cab to return home, and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The cab driver just drives away.”
    “I go home, and when I get there, I find my wife in bed with the gardener. I leave home, and come to this bar. And just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison.”

    Remember- Vote Malloy in ‘14!
    Yeah, Right!