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Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States….
President Obama will fly to Connecticut today as part of his campaign to promote a $10.10 minimum wage. Glued to his side will be Governor Dannel Malloy, whom the President will call a champion in the effort to promote a fairer minimum wage.
This is the same Governor Malloy who failed to support a modest increase in the minimum wage just two years ago.
In January 2012, key Democratic members of the Connecticut Legislature, with strong support from Connecticut’s unions, proposed raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 an hour on July 1, 2013 and then to a rate of $9.75 on July 1, 2014.
Governor Malloy was quick to throw cold water on the plan telling reporters, “I’m not slamming any doors. I’m not saying ‘No’ but I’ll watch the debate and perhaps reach a conclusion subsequently.”
Malloy’s pronouncement that he would “reach a conclusion subsequently” was a death sentence for the legislation and without the Governor’s support the business community, with the help of the Republicans and some Democrats, easily killed the proposal.
A year later, in February 2013, Legislators tried again to push legislation increasing the minimum wage and again Governor Malloy failed to step forward to support the proposal. However this time, late in the legislative session when it was clear that Democrats would pass the bill away, Malloy did a 180 and announced that he would support a “compromise” on a minimum wage increase.
With the 2014 election year in sight, Malloy’s transformation on the issue was nearly complete.
On the last day of December 2013, Malloy held a State Capitol press conference to brag about the extraordinarily positive impact Connecticut’s new minimum wage law would have when it takes effect at midnight that night.
“As the clock strikes 12 in this state, many people … will actually lift themselves out of poverty,” Malloy said during a press event and rally.
Malloy was referring to the mandated .45 cent an hour increase in the State’s minimum wage that will be taking effect.
However, as some may know, the federal poverty level for a family of three in Connecticut is about $18,400. For the 70,000 to 90,000 Connecticut residents living on minimum wage, a full-time job only brings in $17,160 per year.
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman joined Malloy in “celebrating” the raise in the minimum wage. It would, according to Wyman, mean Connecticut’s minimum wage workers would make an extra $18 hours a week as long as they don’t miss a single hour of work.
That increase translates into an extra $936 a year — leaving most minimum wage families still living below the poverty line.
But many politicians believe that electoral success can be achieved through rhetoric and hyperbole…
And the President of the United States is coming to Connecticut to try to bolster Malloy’s political re-election dreams.
You can read more about Malloy’s transformation on the minimum wage in these two Wait, What? blog posts,
It’s an election year and Governor Malloy is now for raising the minimum wage
Governor Malloy: Blessed are the Poor
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The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released its latest poll today.
While the Malloy political operatives will claim that the poll shows him leading the unknown Republican candidates and is tied with former gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, the data provides a harsh assessment of Malloy’s standing with the Connecticut electorate.
Despite Governor Malloy’s numerous proposals to “buy-back” support from key voting constituencies, Governor Malloy’s level of support has not improved over the past year and he clearly faces significant barriers should he attempt to run for re-election this year.
According to the new Quinnipiac Polling Institute survey, Malloy does not garner more than 44 percent of the vote against any Republican candidate and his overall favorability rating remains at a dismal level of 46 percent.
An incumbent’s favorability rating is one of the most important indicators of upcoming electoral success.
According to this new Quinnipiac Poll, Malloy’s favorability has not improved at all since the last Q-Poll which was done in June 2013 when his favorability rating was also 46 percent.
What should be of even more concern to Malloy’s political operation is his level of support among key voting groups that Malloy would need to win..
According to the poll,
Another key question that campaign experts study is the one that asks, “Do you feel that Dannel Malloy deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?” According to the Q-poll,
And to make matters significantly worse for Malloy, six in ten voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in Connecticut.
As political activists know, polls are only a “snapshot” of voter attitudes at the time the poll is taken. Things can and do change in the course of an election. The Malloy operation will certainly try to spin the poll as good news but the truth is that the Quinnipiac Poll reveals that Malloy has completely failed to build up support despite his campaign year effort to use state budget initiatives to persuade voters to give him enough votes so that he can reach the 50 percent level that he needs to win in a head to head race for governor.
While the results of the Q-poll are interesting unto themselves, those who have studied the Connecticut political landscape for years will notice something that is even more interesting.
This Quinnipiac Poll was released on March 4th, weeks after Malloy started his “campaign” to win back key constituencies.
In 1789 it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
But here in Connecticut there has been one other constant. At the beginning of each gubernatorial election year, the Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute has conducted a Connecticut poll to measure the level of support of the incumbent governor and examine the status of the upcoming gubernatorial campaign.
Since the Quinnipiac poll started, there have been four gubernatorial election cycles. Q-Polls were released on,
February 18, 1998
February 14, 2002
January 12, 2006
January 21, 2010
But this year, the Quinnipiac Poll wasn’t conducted until much later, well after the incumbent governor has a chance to announce his election year initiatives in an attempt to improve his standing.
It is almost as if Quinnipiac University made a calculated decision to delay their regular Connecticut political poll long enough to give Malloy a chance to improve his numbers.
But when the Quinnipiac Polling Institute’s Director was asked about the timing today, he responded by saying that it is their policy not to discuss the timing of their polls.
Maybe it is just a coincidence that this year’s Q-Poll was conducted weeks after Malloy begin his efforts to push up his ratings higher.
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A last Friday’s Democrat’s informational “non-public” hearing on the Common Core and the Common Core Smarter Balanced Field Test, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, couldn’t even manage to tell the truth about this year’s Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test. called SBAC.
Pryor is not only the Commissioner of Education and a Yale educated lawyer but by accepting the position of Commissioner of Education he accepted the responsibility and legal duty to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. when it came to Connecticut’s education laws.
However, when he came face to face with that duty last Friday he failed.
Earlier today a Wait, What? blog examined what Pryor said at last Friday’s Education Committee’s “hearing.” After reading the blog post, friend and fellow pro-education blogger Lee Barrios of Louisiana posted a comment questioned the accuracy of one of Pryor’s claims.
According to media accounts, Malloy’s Commissioner of Education told the General Assembly’s Education Committee that the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment “test of the test” was required under federal law.
But in his smoke and mirrors answer he managed to overlook the truth and skip the most important and relevant issues surrounding that topic.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the national entity responsible for developing the test, explains the legal status of the test of the test right on their website.
As the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium explains,
“Each Smarter Balanced state individually determined how schools and students would be selected to take the Field Test. In some states, only a representative sample of students will participate—10 percent of student s for each subject area. In others, the Field Test will be administered more broadly.”
The federal government didn’t mandate that nearly all of Connecticut”s 550,000 students must suffer through this Common Core test of the test, it was Governor Malloy’s political appointees who decided to turn our children into guinea pigs for the corporate education reform industry.
There are just over 550,000 public school students in Connecticut. The Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment was looking for about 10 percent to take the practice exam. But the Malloy administration said they knew better and students in all but about a dozen districts will spend big chunks of March, April, May and June taking tests rather than learning.
It is certainly odd that Connecticut’s Commissioner failed to tell legislators the truth about this important point.
Equally important, as a lawyer Pryor knows that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test of a test is not a legal mastery test under Connecticut law. This means that Connecticut’s Public Schools ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE THE TEST.
Finally, as Pryor knows because he was the one who authorized the memo to superintendents on how to lie and mislead parents into thinking they can’t opt their children out of standardized tests, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THE LAW that allows the state or school districts to punish parents and children who fail to take the test.
Wait, What? has said it before and will say it again and again…. As long as Stefan Pryor and his corporate education reform industry thugs are overseeing public education in Connecticut, Malloy will not come close to garnering the votes necessary to win re-election.
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The development and implementation of the Common Core and its related Common Core testing scam is one of the most important issues facing American public education.
The Common Core was developed in relative secrecy and forced upon the states by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Some of the people who developed the Common Core Standards were even required to sign documents swearing not to speak about the process.
The vehicle used to pull off this education disaster was the National Governors Association and a series of other organizations that were paid by the corporate education reform industry, along with hundreds of millions of taxpayer funds, that were funneled to private consulting companies to “develop” the standards and tests, while pushing their own profit-making efforts to sell more computers, new software, textbooks, and consulting opportunities.
After all, it was media mogul Rupert Murdoch who said that the America’s K-12 public education system was an $500 billion untapped market.
And support for the growing corporate education reform industry came from Democrats and Republicans alike.
In Connecticut, for example, it was Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy who introduced the most anti-teacher, anti-union, pro-charter school education reform bill of any Democratic governor in the nation. The bill not only passed, but it passed with overwhelming support from both Democratic and Republican legislators.
But after two years, when teacher’s concerns were finally being heard and more and more parents were speaking up, legislative attention returned to this vital issue.
The Democratic leadership decided to hold a sham “informational session” made up of pro-Common Core advocates. In response, the Republicans, finally seeing the political advantage in speaking up, used a little utilized parliamentary procedure to force a traditional public hearing on some of their bills related to slowing down the implementation of the Common Core.
The Democrat’s farce hearing took place on Friday, February 28th.
The two most amazing developments were the lack of media coverage and the Malloy administration’s ability to keep their heads in the sand in the face of the disastrous impact of their policies.
For those who want to feel that emotion that allows one to laugh and cry at the same time you can watch the recording of the hearing by going to CT-N’s video on demand entitled, “Education Committee Informational Forum on Common Core State Standards.”
Warning: The level of misleading statements and lies is enough to cause dangerous increases in blood pressure.
But equally disturbing is that the sham hearing received such limited media coverage. In fact, most of Connecticut’s media outlets simply failed to cover it all together thereby leaving Connecticut citizens uniformed about the way in which the Malloy administration and the Democrats are trying to duck this important issue.
The best coverage of the hearing can be found in the Connecticut Post which wrote,
HARTFORD — Defenders of moving ahead with the Common Core learning standards spent four hours Friday explaining the controversial learning program and the test that goes with it before the Legislature’s Education Committee.
The invitation-only forum came after Republicans have forced public hearings on the matter. Those hearings have not yet to be scheduled.
Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, joined by Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, which helped draft the standards, told the committee and a large audience that the road to fully implement Common Core in all classrooms may be a rocky one, but the state is headed in the right direction.
[Note: Pryor is a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers.]
The CT Post story includes Commissioner Pryor who said,
“Our youngsters are arriving at college unprepared for college. That is a problem,” he said. “We must aim for higher standards … Common Core goes about the teaching and learning process in the right way.”
[Note: Connecticut's schools are incredibly successful. As a result of poverty, language barriers and insufficient support for students who have special education needs, Connecticut has a significant achievement gap between suburban and urban schools that must be addressed, but to suggest that "our youngsters are arriving at college unprepared" is the statement of a liar or a fool.]
The CT Post highlighted the rhetoric coming from the Council of Chief State School Officers and other groups that are being paid to sell the Common Core and the Common Core testing adding,
Minnich, who has been traveling the country in defense of the standards — Thursday he was in Missouri — said none of the 45 states that have signed onto the standards were forced to do so, and 73 percent of teachers support a more challenging curriculum.
“It is surprising to me that it is controversial,” he said.
The new standards, adopted in Connecticut in 2010 and now being fully implemented across the state, teach reading and math in a deeper way and in a different order than in the past. Most districts in the state have agreed to try out the new test that goes along with the standards this spring instead of the traditional Connecticut Mastery Test.
Results of the new test won’t “count”; still many are fearful that students, teachers and schools have not had enough time and training in the new system and will be labeled as failures when students perform poorly on the test. They also said time was being wasted.
Pryor said the “test of the test” is required under federal law. He also argued that the standards are not a curriculum and do not dictate what needs to be taught in the classroom.
“But how flexible is Common Core if there is a test tied to it?” state Rep. Noreen Kokoruda, R-Madison, asked.
Minnich said the standards merely say, for instance, that third-graders will learn about multiplication and division and gain an understanding of fractions. How that is taught is up to the teacher.
Minnich maintained states ARE not under pressure to adopt the standards.
States that didn’t adopt the standards could not win federal Race to the Top dollars, Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, pointed out.
Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, questioned the fairness of expecting students taught one way for so long to adjust in one year to a new set of standards.
Meanwhile, Rep. Gail Lavielle, also R-Wilton, wondered who decided the new standards are higher than what was already in place.
Minnich said national experts vetted the standards, and there are early indications in Kentucky and Tennessee, which have been using Common Core the longest, that student achievement is going in the right direction.
Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, R-Newtown, said it is not the new, higher standards that bother him, but the way they have been implemented. He characterized the rollout as “crummy.”
The state now has a new website, training efforts and a committee to work on ironing out the problems, Pryor said.
From start to finish the Malloy administration’s arrogant, top-down approach on education reform has been a disaster. Malloy has failed on many fronts, but Stefan Pryor and his side-kicks like Paul Vallas, Steven Adamowski and Morgan Barth are on track to ensure Malloy is unelectable.
One would think that after two years of being told about the damage they are doing they’d change course. But when it comes to issues like this, Malloy and his inner circle are tone deaf….or worse.
You can read the complete CT Post article at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Common-Core-standards-defended-5277595.php
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A pathological liar someone who, “is an abnormally habitual liar.” Some call it a disease, some call it a condition, and some just call it the typical behavior of far too many politicians.
As noted in a Wait, What? post yesterday entitled, “Malloy/UTC Scam – the biggest lie yet,” Governor Malloy and the CEO of United Technologies announced a deal in which the state of Connecticut will forgo $400 million dollars in tax revenues. UTC will commitment to a $500 million investment in Connecticut, but UTC reserves the right to lay off up to 1,400 more employees… on top of 600 Sikorsky workers the laid off this year.
At the press conference Governor Malloy said:
“The [UTC] agreement, which requires legislation, does not require any borrowing or payments by the State of Connecticut.” Governor Dannel Malloy (2/26/2014).
The state of Connecticut doesn’t borrow the money or make payments to UTC because the agreement allows UTC to REDUCE their tax payments to Connecticut by $400 million.
United Technologies is one of the most profitable companies in the world.
Thanks to Connecticut’s system of tax credits and breaks, UTC is already allowed to reduce their tax payment to Connecticut by up to 70%.
This means that when it comes to UTC’s corporate liability to Connecticut, it presently only pays Connecticut 30 cents on the dollar.
Malloy’s plan would give UTC another $400 million tax break.
And although it was hidden inside the agreement, Governor Malloy never explained that while UTC will lose some of these benefits if it lays off more workers, United Technology can lay off up to 1,400 more workers – on top of the 600 laid off this week – before they lose out completely on Malloy’s corporate welfare reform giveaway
Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, unaffiliated, liberal, conservative, moderate, pro-union or anti-union, every single Connecticut voter and taxpayer should be demanding that the Connecticut General Assembly defeat this Malloy/UTC scam.
Watch for more coverage of this breaking issue in coming days.
For the best media coverage to date, check out CT Mirror story from yesterday: http://ctmirror.org/malloy-seeks-tax-relief-to-trigger-500m-expansion-for-utcs/
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Wait, What? readers;
It is time once again to conduct a Wait, What? 2014 Gubernatorial Election Readers Survey.
Although the results are unscientific, since it does not survey a random sample of Connecticut voters, the results always prove interesting.
You can take the survey via the following link: Wait, What? 2014 Gubernatorial Election Readers Survey
The software only allows one person per IP address to take the survey so households with multiple Wait, What? readers will have to fight over who gets to complete the poll.
Check back for a full report on the results:
Wait, What? 2014 Gubernatorial Election Readers Survey
The survey includes the following questions:
1. Tuesday,November 4th, 2014 is Election Day in Connecticut and voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote for candidates seeking the office of governor.
All things considered, do you think Governor Dannel Malloy should be re-elected or is it time for someone new to lead that state?
2. If Connecticut’s 2014 election for governor were held today and the choices were Governor Dannel Malloy and one of the Republican candidates that are seeking the Republican nomination;
Would you vote for Governor Malloy, the Republican candidate, are you unsure/undecided or would you not vote in the race for governor?
3. If Connecticut’s 2014 election for governor were held today and the choices were Governor Dannel Malloy, one of the Republican candidates that are seeking the Republican nomination and and a Democratic running as an independent candidate who was pro-public education, pro-transparency and pro-fiscal responsibility;
Would you vote for Malloy, the Republican candidate,the independent Democratic candidate, are you unsure/undecided or would you not vote in the race for governor?
4. Many politicians and political pundits would say that an independent Democratic candidate can’t win a state-wide race for governor and would only serve as a “spoiler” and ensure that the Republican candidate for governor would win. Others would point out that independent candidates for governor have won gubernatorial races including Lowell Weicker here in Connecticut.
Taking these arguments into consideration, would you say that you strongly support the idea of an independent Democratic candidate running this year, somewhat support the idea, somewhat oppose the idea or strongly oppose the idea of an independent Democratic candidate running for governor in 2014.
Again, you can take the survey via the following link: Wait, What? 2014 Gubernatorial Election Readers Survey
But the program allows only one vote per IP Address
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“I am not talking about what happened in the past. I am talking about what needs to happen in the future. (Governor Dannel Malloy 2-12-14)
The CT News Junkie headline reads “Commits To Higher Ed, Hopes Future Governors Will Too.”
Governor Malloy held a press conference at Manchester Community College on Wednesday in which he touted the “major investment” he was making in Connecticut’s institutions of public education.
As the article reports;
“Calling his recently announced higher education investments a good first step, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday he’s committed to additional funding increases even as he nears the end of his current term as governor.”
This “commitment” comes from the same Governor Malloy who has pushed through the deepest budget cuts in state history at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.
At UConn, for example, before Malloy became governor, the Connecticut state budget accounted for 33% of the total cost required to operate the University of Connecticut. Three years into his term and after his record budget cuts at UConn, Connecticut State University and at the State’s Community Colleges, the state now only provides 27.9% of the amount necessary to keep UConn operating.
As a direct result of Malloy’s budget cuts, the burden on students and their families have INCREASED by 17.3% with tuition and fees going up by double digits since Malloy became governor.
In 2010, candidate Dan Malloy promised to make Connecticut’s public college and universities a priority. Since being sworn in as Dannel Malloy in 2011, Malloy has done exactly the opposite.
The reality is that it is getting harder and harder for middle class families to afford to send their children to college in Connecticut. Since 2000, the cost of attending UConn has increased 118%.
And no Connecticut governor in living memory has done as much damage to higher education than Malloy.
But in what has now become typical fashion, Malloy failed to let the truth get in the way of a good press opportunity.
According to the CT News Junkie article, Malloy called his new funding initiative;
“Not a bad start” and added, “This is only a down payment, I’ve said it to members of the Regents Board. As this plan becomes further identified, there will in fact be increased investments in this system. That’s why this is really a celebration . . . of what is to come in the future.”
As Malloy put it, “I’m making a personal commitment and I hope future governors will make a personal commitment to make sure that this program continues…I want to be very clear, this is just the beginning of the investments we need to make in this system.”
However, the “new investment” that Malloy is making is based on an incredible budget gimmick and is not an ongoing effort to improve funding at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.
As the CT Mirror explains, “Malloy is proposing to pay for this initiative using a budget loophole to get around the state’s constitutional spending limits.”
In a related budget story the CT Mirror laid out Malloy’s plan;
“…the $60 million Malloy would provide to cover the operating expenses…rely and the buy-one-get-one-free course for dropouts would come from a “one-time revenue transfer,” according to the administration.
What Malloy has proposed commonly is known in fiscal analyst circles as an “intercept” — a loophole used to move funds off budget and outside the purview of the constitutional spending cap.
After pledging for weeks that his new budget would comply with the cap, Malloy sent lawmakers a $19 billion plan that falls a razor-thin $8 million under the cap — and that’s before the Transform CSCU 2020 initiative is included.
The Democratic governor has been loathe to approve a legal exception to the cap – having criticized his GOP predecessors for frequently going that route. That option also is more complicated, requiring a 60 percent vote of approval in both the House and Senate.
Malloy instead turned to a loophole.
The cap system technically applies only to tax receipts and other revenues assigned to the state budget. Malloy will ask lawmakers to “intercept” $60 million of those revenues – which means that before the money “arrives” in the state treasury, it has been assigned to a new purpose outside of the budget.
Effectively, there would be no difference in how the money is spent in the fiscal year that begins July 1, but the expenditure wouldn’t be counted for spending cap purposes.
Traditionally though, state payments to cover higher education costs have been included within the budget.
Governor Malloy’s entire “commitment” to higher education has been a farce and his latest “commitment” is even more absurd than his previous ones.
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First there was Dan Malloy, the Democratic candidate for Governor. Once elected, Dan became Dannel and the commitments and promises made were quickly swept aside by the arrogance and sense of entitlement displayed by Connecticut’s new Governor Dannel Malloy.
Now with the gubernatorial election ten months away, Dannel Malloy is morphing yet again — and it isn’t even a full moon!
Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie has a “MUST READ” piece in this weekend’s Hartford Courant entitled, Malloy Shifts Into Full-On Makeup Mode.
Kevin Rennie pulls back the curtain observing;
“State leaders said weather delayed the opening of the year’s legislative session from Wednesday to Thursday. I’m not so sure. Democrat and Working Families Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was still serving the detention imposed on him by the state’s public school teachers.
Malloy emerged from the penalty box Thursday and proceeded to deliver an address from never-never land, sprinkling fairy dust on the state, hoping it would make his record fly. Pity the poor people who had to sit through the grind of focus groups testing themes and nuggets.
The governor started his address with a salute to the Department of Transportation workers who plowed our roads on Wednesday. You can tell it’s an election year. In 2011, Malloy was haranguing those same workers when they resisted his contract changes. You aren’t the only ones who can plow snow, he snarled with his customary charm. Nine months from an election, Malloy needs to bring those workers onside if he’s to have a chance at winning a second term.
There are thousands more teachers in Connecticut than DOT snow removers, so Malloy needed more than a nod of thanks to start winning teachers over after waging war on them in 2012. He put the brakes on a teacher evaluation program that, only two years ago, the governor claimed was crucial to Connecticut’s future.
Teachers are furious with Malloy. He spent a year kicking the stuffing out of them while ignoring the fundamental challenge in education inequality: poverty. How the Malloy team must have agonized over what to do to tamp down the hostility of the state’s seething public school teachers. Malloy loves a target, but he made a mistake when he took on every teacher in the state. He cannot win a second term without the full-throated support of one of the Democrats’ most powerful interest groups.
The typical schoolteacher garners a lot of experience learning how to call the bluff of the bullyboys who go in and out of their classes. They aren’t likely to be fooled by Malloy. A re-elected governor, they must know, will resume his attacks on their profession. Re-election will only embolden him to punish them more for inflicting this bitter humiliation as November draws near.
If Malloy were serious about changing his teacher evaluation program, he would fire education Commissioner Stefan Pryor for his manifest failures in implementing the new law. The messages must have flowed in Malloy’s shadow email system as they decided how to retreat from teacher evaluations without abandoning the prospect of resurrecting the program. Teachers will note that Pryor stays.
You can and should read Kevin Rennie’s full commentary piece by going to: http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-rennie-malloy-calculates-price-of-re-electio-20140207,0,4697480.column
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However, his announced $10 an-hour minimum wage wouldn’t take effect until 26 months after the next election.
When it comes to politics, even short-term memory is a scarce commodity.
While candidate Dan Malloy was a supporter of increasing the minimum wage, Governor Dannel Malloy has taken a considerably more conservative approach.
In January 2012, the Democratic Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives proposed raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 an hour on July 1, 2013 and then to a rate of $9.75 on July 1, 2014. The proposal also included a provision that would tie Connecticut’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index.
At the time Governor Malloy made it clear that the it wasn’t his idea to propose the increase telling reporters, “I’m not slamming any doors. I’m not saying ‘No’ but I’ll watch the debate and perhaps reach a conclusion subsequently.”
Without the Democratic governor’s support, the business community easily derailed the proposal.
At the beginning of the following legislative session, in January 2013, Democratic legislators returned to the push for an increase in the minimum wage.
When it was clear that the voters were there for an increase in Connecticut’s minimum wage, Governor Malloy’s chief of staff, Mark Ojakian, was dispatched late in the legislative session to inform the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders that Malloy would support an increase in the minimum wage but that Malloy demanded that they “soften the blow on business in 2014,” the year Malloy would be seeking re-election.
As a result of Malloy’s effort to limit the increase in the minimum wage, the General Assembly ended up passing a bill that raised the minimum wage to $8.70 on January 1, 2014 and then to a rate of $9.00 on January 1, 2015.
While the original proposal was to reach the $9.00 minimum wage level by July 1, 2013, Malloy’s “compromise” forced minimum wage workers to wait eighteen more months to reach that level.
But 2014 is a gubernatorial election year and in an “I’m with you now” moment, Governor Malloy has seen the light, or at least read the political polling data and is now proposing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.
But of course, Malloy’s plan is to phase in the increase over three years so that state’s lowest wage workers wouldn’t actually reach the $10.10 mark until 2017.
Malloy’s proposal is to raise the minimum wage to $9.15 on January 1, 2015, $9.60 on January 1, 2016 and $10.10 on January 1, 2017.
When reporters asked about whether Malloy’s election year conversion was an attempt to win votes, he responded, “What it should look like is I’m doing the right thing.”
So there you go… Malloy says he is doing the right thing.
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As a result of the polar vortex (otherwise known as a polar cyclone, polar low, or a circumpolar whirl), some Wait, What? readers may have missed some of the latest posts. Here is a re-cap:
Hello CT and Hartford officials… Is there anyone who will confront the lawbreakers?
Are there any elected or appointed official in Connecticut who have the courage and conviction to actually ensure the laws of this state are equitably enforced?
Student-athlete recruitment by interdistrict magnet schools such as Capital Prep Magnet Schools is illegal in Connecticut. (For example, see Sec. 10-220d.of the Connecticut General Statues).
According to the Connecticut State Department of Education, “All eligible applicants are either offered a placement or placed on a waitlist for Regional School Choice schools and programs through a random lottery process.”
Based on state law and state regulations, “The RSCO lottery is the computer-based method that places students who have submitted a complete and on-time application to available RSCO schools and programs. The Connecticut State Department of Education manages the RSCO lottery process.”
Diane Ravitch features Madison Superintendent Tom Scarice’s powerful letter on “education reform”
Diane Ravitch, the nation’s leading pro-public education advocate, has used her blog to highlight the letter Madison Connecticut Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice sent to his legislators about the failed education reforms that are being pushed through in Connecticut.
The letter is one of the most powerful statements to date about the failure of the corporate education reform industry agenda and the need to re-take control of our public schools and preserve local control, parental involvement and the values inherent in a true system of public education.
Diane Ravitch’s blog is the most read education blog in the country generating up to 70,000 or more hits a day.
In the piece entitled, “A Connecticut Superintendent Speaks Out Against Failed “Reforms”, Ravitch writes:
Tom Scarice, superintendent of schools in Madison, Connecticut, has already been named to the honor roll for his leadership and vision in bringing together his community to plan for the future of Madison public schools.
Now, he steps up and speaks out again to take issue with those, like Governor Dannel Malloy, who call for a “pause” in the implementation of misguided reforms.
In a letter to his state representatives, Scarice explains that education policy must be based on sound research and experience. What Connecticut is doing now, he writes, is merely complying with federal mandates that harm schools and demoralize teachers.
If every superintendent had Tom Scarice’s courage and understanding, this country would have a far, far better education system and could easily repel the intrusions of bad policies.
NEWS FLASH: Hedge fund founder buys leadership ‘pipeline’ in Malloy’s office
Don Michak of the Journal Inquirer newspaper has a blockbuster story on the way Governor Malloy, Commissioner Stefan Pryor and the corporate education reform industry have contaminated the public policy making process in Connecticut.
The JI story, entitled, Hedge fund founder buys leadership ‘pipeline’ in Malloy’s office, raises extraordinary legal and ethical issues about the possibility of illegal lobbying and ethics violations, as well as shines a light on how a billionaire Malloy donor is not only giving the Governor campaign cash but paying for Malloy staff who are in the unique position to help push the corporate education reform industry’s agenda.
Don Michak explains:
“A hedge fund billionaire’s private foundation is paying three “fellows” to develop public policy in the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and two state departments.
The arrangement is eye-catching because the foundation is bankrolled by Stephen F. Mandel Jr., the founder of the Lone Pine Capital hedge fund in Greenwich and one of the biggest financial backers of Malloy’s Democratic Party.
But it also is extraordinary because of the controversial role Mandel’s foundation and its executive director, Meghan K. Lowney, played in Connecticut’s education policy — particularly in the state’s failed takeover of the Bridgeport Board of Education.
And more posts on the never-ending drama and controversy surrounding Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry
NEWS FLASH: Did Capital Prep corrupt School Choice Lottery process to enroll student-athletes.
Last August, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference stepped in to investigate serious allegations of inappropriate even illegal, recruitment of student-athletes by Capital Prep Magnet School.
The CIAC Board of Control authorized an independent investigation and then met to review and act upon the recruitment investigation reports that had been lodged against Capital Preparatory School.
In a letter dated August 23, 2013 the Associate Executive Director of CIAC wrote to Capital Prep Principal Steven Perry on behalf of the CIAC Board of Control.
The letter included the following passages:
“….the Board expressed serious concerns about two issues both of which could be viewed as a form of recruitment.
It appears that student-athletes involved may have been admitted to the school through other than the lottery process and may have been given special preference because they were athletes.
Allowing student-athletes from another school to attend conditioning sessions prior to attend the school is not in the spirit of CIAC rules and gives the appearance that recruitment was taking place.
Capital Prep “Table of Shame” Steve Perry on the notion of “Professional Responsibility to Students.”
Wait, What? Just who is Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry calling “insane?”
Another Former Capital Prep teacher speaks out…
Breaking News: Citizens prevented from addressing Hartford Board of Education on Steve Perry