Democrats Malloy and Wyman stab state employees in the back – again – and again.

When they were running for re-election, Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman were all smiles as they accepted the political endorsements from Connecticut’s state employee unions and the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

When Malloy and Wyman wanted the unions to fork over money to help pay for their re-election campaign, union leaders stepped up big time.

Using hard-earned money collected from their members, AFSCME dumped $1.2 million into the Super PAC that was set up to support Malloy and Wyman’s effort to spend four more years in office.  The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) added $600,000 and SEIU donated $550,000 to the same political committee.

In addition, when Malloy and Wyman wanted campaign donations funneled into a special account run by the Democratic State Central Committee, the various unions came up with over $160,000.

And not a complaint was heard when unions’ political operation kicked into high gear, providing the votes that Malloy and Wyman needed to get the second term in office that they so desperately wanted.

Even after the 2014 election, Team Malloy/Wyman kept their proverbial hand out, looking to the unions to cough up even more of their members’ money.  According to the latest campaign finance reports, the state employee unions have donated in excess of $42,000 to the Malloy/Wyman political operation in 2015.

However, as Connecticut’s public employees are learning, yet again, the Malloy administration is fond of turning on state employees with a vengeance.

While refusing to demand that Connecticut’s wealthiest residents pay their fair share, Dannel Malloy’s new state budget plan cuts vital programs, lays off state employees and seeks to privatize public government functions.  The budget proposal is more in line with something that would be coming from the likes of right-wing Republican Governor Scott Walker.  (See also – Malloy Administration ushering in a “Wisconsin Moment” at UConn and CSU Wait, What? 11/6/2015)

In addition to proposing a state budget balanced through state employee layoffs, concessions and major budget cuts, each news cycle reveals additional attacks by the Malloy administration on state employees and the services they provide.

As CT Newsjunkie is reporting in an article entitled, Malloy Proposes Bill To Outsource Some DMV Services, in an incredible and deceitful move, Malloy is expanding his effort to shift the blame for the massive problems associated with the Department of Motor Vehicles’ recent computer upgrade onto the backs of the state employees who work at DMV.

Although it was the Malloy administration that contracted with the out-of-sate, for-profit company to revamp DMV’s computers, a move that has led to longer wait times and a variety of problems, Malloy is now proposing to privatize even more of the DMV’s activities.

As CT Newsjunkie reports;

AFT Connecticut First Vice President Jean Morningstar said the outsourcing of the information technology was just the most recent in a “long line of outsourcing failures that could and should have been avoided.”

However, “the administration appears ready to double-down on another risky contracting scheme. If it fails — like so many previous privatization bungles — state residents will be left with the tab and suffering from degraded services,” Morningstar said.

Morningstar serves on the State Contracting Standards Board, which has been unable to meet to go over contracts because the governor has yet to fill the vacancies on the board and it doesn’t have a quorum.

This week Malloy and Wyman will begin a new round of their – my way or no way — budget tours, and while the spin will be coming fast and furious, their fundamental approach to the Connecticut state budget will be clear for all to see.  Target the most vulnerable for budget cuts, expand funding for charter schools, shift costs to local property taxpayers, college students and others … and most importantly … blame state employees.

Malloy’s approach has certainly changed considerably since he took the stage  at the AFL-CIO convention in June 2014 where he proclaimed;

“A Connecticut moment is when you stand up for your fellow citizens,” Malloy told about 450 union leaders and supporters gathered in the unionized Omni Hotel. “When you understand that they too have rights; that we can move forward together, and in fact when we don’t move forward together, we move backward.”

If this all sounds a bit familiar… 

 Union Members Not Interested in ‘Wisconsin Moment’ (AFSCME + AFT IN CT Newsjunkie)

No Wisconsin Moment in CT (AFSCME)

Conn. Members Say No to a ‘Wisconsin Moment (IBEW)

Wyman: We’re All In This Together, Offers To Buy Foley A Ticket To Wisconsin Moment (OIB Blog)

NOTE: For those who want to be lectured to, the Malloy/Wyman style of leadership will be on full display at their first Town Hall Budget Forum February 11, 2016.

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today announced that they will hold a town hall forum in Stamford on the evening of Thursday, February 11, 2016, to discuss his budget principles, his proposals for adapting state government to a changing economy, and other issues concerning the future of the state.

The forum will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the UConn Stamford Campus in the Gen Re Auditorium (1 University Place, Stamford).  Residents who would like an opportunity to ask the Governor a question should arrive about 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to submit their name on a sign-up sheet.  The forum is open to the public.

The Stamford event will be the first stop in a series of town hall forums that the Governor and Lt. Governor will be holding throughout the 2016 legislative session.  The event will be similar to those they have held in previous years, where they answered hundreds of questions on a range of state issues at numerous forums.

Dates and locations for additional town hall forums in the series will be announced during the coming weeks.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Danny Malloy does not have the brains, or balls, to run this state
    Fooling voters the first time and buying the election the second time.
    He lacked the skills in his first four years.
    He lacks them today.
    He sold his house in Stamford and had us build him a fence around his mansion. He pays fewer taxes (even with Cathy’s almost $200K no-show gig at GHAC) than most and does not have to bother with insurance, fuel, groceries and the like. And charity? Well, the Malloy’s have deep pockets and short arms.
    As soon as he can, he will depart this state and will have left behind nothing but scorched earth.
    Go pound salt, Danny and Nancy, on your silly road show.

  • Bluecoat

    “If something that cannot go on forever, it will stop.”
    Herb Stein’s Law of Economics

    What is wrong with the private sector handling some of this work?
    Pretty soon this work is going to be computerized or done by robots anyway.

  • jhs

    I’m all for a govt downsizing every once in a while at all levels as the private sector has gone through. But I have faith that Malloy and the Dems will not damage their union support. Malloy proposes, the unions, advocates and people scream and the Dems in the legislature roll back the cuts or most of them. Result: higher taxes, or more borrowing or both. THis game has been played before.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Look at his budget proposals.
    As I said before…a whole lot of UNSPECIFIED cuts.
    Danny never did any heavy lifting and he does not do any now.
    His proposals are about as unique as a bag of cow dung.
    Another failure!

  • 00000000001

    By historical measurements, the state budget should had begun to recover in ’12, with Revenue Services flowing in dough by ’14. It has not happened, welcome to the new economy. Malloy & Barnes figured that revenues, eventually, would come flowing it, delayed having to make the hard choices, revenues continue not flowing in, General Electric leaves, then reality crashes down, revenues will continue to be slow. I look at it from the macroeconomics viewpoint, with 35 years of favorable legislation for building up mountainous amounts of cash & assets, the lucky sociopathic upper .01%, have the mojo to slow down the economy while continuing to buy public offices. For instance, since 1st quarter 2009, the upper .01% has been pocketing 90% of the economic expansion for themselves, while sucking the oxygen out of the economy. As for Malloy, he got what he needed from the unions, he doesn’t need the unions anymore, and he knows that the unions will never endorse Republicans.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Nice work sucking ass,errrr stumping for HRC in New Hampshire, Danny.
    You should have stayed home and done your homework.