And while cutting essential services, Malloy gives $100,000 to a Stamford Brewery

In a tribute to modern American politics, while Sunday’s newspaper featured the article by the father of the 28-year-old intellectually disabled daughter who wrote, “Amid Stark State Cuts, A Father’s Plea: Who Will Care for Katie?”; the Monday paper featured a photo-op of Governor Dannel Malloy in his hometown of Stamford celebrating a grant for $100,000 to the Half Full Brewery.

Thanks to Malloy’s $100 million Small Business Express Program, in which the state borrowed $100 million to give away operating grants to various businesses, the Stamford beer pub got a helping hand from Connecticut’s taxpayers.

Billed as a way to provide “working capital” to small business, the program effectively picks winners and losers, all funded at taxpayer expense.

While supporting small business is probably a better economic development strategy then giving away tens of millions to corporate giants, the actual benefit of many of the grants remains doubtful.

With the legislation approved in October 2011, the Malloy administration has funded 598 applications to the tune of about $80 million.

Despite the record budget cuts included in his new budget, the Governor is proposing to borrow another $60 million for the corporate welfare program.  While the Stamford brew pub is undoubtedly appreciative of the $100,000 gift, there was no word from the state’s other small beer manufactures (23 of them) or the state’s hard cider manufactures (8 of them) or the state’s apple brandy manufacturers (3 of them) or the state’s liquor manufactures (12 of them).

You can catch the story and a picture of Malloy at the beer tasting at: http://stamford.dailyvoice.com/business/gov-dannel-malloy-gets-taste-stamford-brewery

 

  • mookalaboona

    This idiot politician is mentally ill, no other way to describe it.

    • buygoldandprosper

      The trouble is, the crazies are running the asylum ! Crazy like hogs at feeding time, the feed being YOUR tax dollars.

      I can’t find the upstate brewery” stimulus” but will keep looking.My vision is obviously not as clear as Dan’s! A state with no capital punishment (What would Dan have done Adam Lanza?), decriminalized pot, shared sacrifice,dirty air,poor roads,education reform run amok…
      Dan’s track record is dismal. Unless you listen Dan shrieking about it! His MO has always been, say it loud enough and often enough and it is true.

      • msavage

        “The trouble is, the crazies are running the asylum!”
        Absolutely they are. How about the New London rep. who made the inappropriate comment about the snake under his desk–to a HIGH SCHOOL girl! In trying to explain himself, he came across as even more of a moron and moral degenerate. I met another shoreline rep. the other day who appeared to have no clue re what was included in NCLB legislation vs. Race to the Top vs. Gov. Malloy’s reform package. We need mandatory IQ tests and psychological profiles for all legislators. No more moral degenerates, narcissists, sociopaths or just plain dummies in office, please–Republican OR Democrat, jschmidt2.

        • buygoldandprosper

          Maybe he did have a snake under his desk.
          Are we there yet?

        • msavage

          Maybe he did. Wonder if it was a garter snake or an anaconda?

        • sharewhut

          “he came across as even more of a moron and moral degenerate”
          But he IS the cream of the New London crop…

  • buygoldandprosper

    Actually, I think he gave some money to a Hartford brewery…or maybe state funds came from another agency–same difference.

    This is absolutely a losers game .A business friendly environment is different than corporate welfare and all Dan has been doing is buying votes with public money and claiming he has “created jobs”, as though he had any experience doing that having sucked greedily on the public teat pretty much all his life. Dan and job creation is about as honest as Cathy Malloy and her experience running a non-profit. All fiction.

    Give small business 39% tax credits, like the ones hedge funds are taking advantage of with “education reform” and see what that does to companies in this state!

    Meanwhile…the Clown Prince of Bridgeport, Finch, better wake up his road crews. Snow might be falling tomorrow! Alert the National Guard! Open Dan’s storm bunker! Danger Will Robinson!

  • “picks wines and losers”

    Winners and losers? Brewers and losers? Whiners and losers?

    • jonpelto

      Excellent point… hold on, let me ask this bottle…

  • jschmidt2

    Malloys First Five money could have been cut and money to smaller businesses increased. We tax all businesses to benefit a few well connected ones. It makes no sense. And certaintly wealthy hedge funds shouldn’t be getting incentives. We should have a tax situation that attracts them to stay. But it is the Democrats way to keep the campaign money flowing. Look at the mess CA is in. We;re heading there.

    • msavage

      Please, please stop the partisan nonsense. It just makes you sound ignorant. Giving incentives to wealthy hedge funds and other big businesses–taxing all businesses to benefit a few is a Democratic strategy? Really? Come on, you can’t really be that naive/blind can you? You’re telling me that you really, truly believe that George W. Bush didn’t engage in this kind of activity? Until/unless you take off the partisan blinders, you are part of the problem. The entire system is thoroughly corrupt–that includes both Democrats and Republicans alike. There is a general movement afoot to funnel money up from the average Joe to the financial elite that transcends party lines. Party doesn’t matter any more. You need to look at the individual politician, regardless of party affiliation, to identify the very few still left who are genuinely working for the greater good of the residents of this state/country.

      • jschmidt2

        This state is run by the Democrats not George Bush who has taken enough blame. If you can’t handle the truth about Democrats in CT who squander our taxpayer money than nothing will change. Democrats are in power now here and DC and they are waste tax dollars. If Republicans get power and do the same in the future I will criticize them. Until then it is a Democrat problem.

        • msavage

          George W. deserves every bit of blame he has gotten and then some. Probably go down as the worst president in U.S. history. Belongs in JAIL. And I have not love for Obama, either. Oh, believe me–I can handle the truth about “Democrats in CT who squander our money.” You’d be hard pressed to find someone who opposes Malloy’s policies and waste of taxpayer money more strenuously than I do. You see how I did that–I am able to oppose Malloy and what he does in the state despite the fact that he has a “D” after his name. And I can oppose Bush’s policies AT THE SAME TIME! See how that’s done? It’s called “CRITICAL THINKING!”

        • jschmidt2

          Yes of course it’;s all Bush;s fault. Did Bush start CRA to force banks to lend to relined areas? No Carter did. Did Bush repeal Glass Steagal? No Clinton did and never regretted it. Did Bush prevent further funding of Fannie and Freddie- No that was Dodd/Frank who brought us the regulation minefield of FinReg. Did Bush jsut go to war on his own? No He went to Congress for approval and every senior democrat approved his spending bills and war bills. So you critical thinking is faulty since you hold blameless any Democrat. Sounds pretty partisan to me. BTW- Obama will be the worst President.

        • jonpelto

          Do I have to stop the car and come back there.

          Don’t make me stop the car…

          I’ll turn around and take you both back home.

          Thankfully there is enough blame to go around….

          And let’s face it – we all know its Bush’s fault.

          Now sit up straight and don’t talk to each other until we get there.

        • msavage

          Dad, he’s looking at me funny. When are we gonna get there? 🙂

        • jonpelto

          If he thinks he is getting World of Warcraft 47 he is sorely mistaken.

        • jschmidt2

          are we all friends after 5 O’clock?

        • msavage

          Sure, we’re friends.

        • jschmidt2

          HaHa- funny one. You must be good with kids. My aunt used to have a length of rubber hose so when she was driving she could hit the nice children in the back seats without looking away from the road. They were tough times. Ok we will play nice because there was a lot of blame to go around.

        • jonpelto

          That is a good one! Yeah, it was a different era. If I “hit” my kids as much as I got “hit” for not doing my chores, It would be like a regional DCF office over here.
          And right about 5 and it is at least 5pm in Iceland so we are all set…

        • buygoldandprosper

          Hit ’em in the right spots and you won’t leave any incriminating marks. A phone book works too.

        • TMS

          msavage,jschmidt2 and Jon, You all made my day! Why can’t there be debates as lively as these by our legislators? Thanks guys.

        • jschmidt2

          Because with the legislators it is a scene out of Blazing Saddles no matter what party is in. “We better do something to save our phony baloney jobs”.

        • buygoldandprosper

          Are we there yet?

        • jonpelto

          We’re not there yet – but considering the speed at which we are traveling and the complete lack of brakes – not to mention no driver – we’ll be there before we know it….

        • msavage

          I’m scared, Dad.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Come on Jon…..where is the happy Hibernian and his merry band of brothers going to go next week to get their free beer? Chug a lug Danny Boy!