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.