- CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS DEPT.: So in the one big bill that was passed with 10 minutes to go, did the rat of all rats re: regionalism, pass? Previously, we think the bill passed unanimously without this "rat" - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/lcoamd/2016LCO05873-R00-AMD.htm
- G.O.P. solution: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-republican-budget-plan-0426-20160425-story.html
- GOVERNOR MALLOY CUTS BUDGET...MAS MACHO
and this thought from Minority Leader of the House (CT POST, Ken Dixon,
2-26-16): “...'The best way I can explain it is, they hope every
night before they go to bed that the revenues are coming in higher than
everybody says they’re going to come in' she said. 'They spend
money based on a hope and a prayer,' Klarides said. 'We can’t ask them
to resign, but what we can ask the people of the state of Connecticut to
do is see very clearly that (the Democrats) are not suited to lead the
state. Every day, from top to bottom in this building, there are
irresponsible, negligent and reckless decisions being made and the
people of this state have to stand up and say it’s time for a change.'”
- Who's in charge?
NOTE: Article about negotiations with labor unions...
A MINORITY LEGISLATOR'S COMMENT: http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/2016/02/my-opening-day-message-to-you-2/
How to find bills on my favorite topics and the Committees of "cognizance?"
- State Animal suggestion by About Town - TR would have loved it!
- WHAT'S UP? PERCENT OF "NO CONFIDENCE" IN CT GOVERNMENT
- Another bi-partisan pow-wow behind closed doors called by Governor the day after 3-day Presidents' day weekend?
S T A T E O
F T H E S T A T E - C
T A N O P P O R T U N I T Y A
R E A : And what about ethics? What about tampons?
HOW DO YOU THINK THE BLOCK GRANT IDEA WILL PLAY
OUT? AFTER ELECTION DAY 2016, FOR SURE...ONLY OUR IDEAS IN THE "GRAPHIC" COMMENTS ABOVE.
WATCH OUT: THIS MAY BECOME A LINE IN ANOTHER FUTURE "IMPLEMENTER"...
S H O R T S E S S I O N 2 0
1 6 : B I L L S O F I N
T E R E S T T O A B O U
T W E S T O N
What to watch for on the Land Use front:
MORE, MORE and yet MORE attempts to regionalize activities.
We have been attending all open public meetings of the WestCOG
organization, as well.
We watch several Legislative Committees: Planning & Development,
Environment, Housing as well as Transportation and related entities
working in these areas. And we have been watching the CT Tax Panel
meetings as well as the Transportation Finance Panel ones, too.
Thank you, CT-N!!!
A good link we have confidence in using: http://cthousegop.com/gail-lavielle/
Or try here for a different take on issues: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/rojas/
F O U R T H E S T A T E R E P O R T S :
Pre-Session bills filed (usually by Minority Party) - http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/early_bills_for_2016_session_focus_on_tax_reform/
WestCOG voice (picture from a WestCOG meeting). And don't
forget the Yale tax story - constitutional or not, we would bet C.G.A. would be dumb enough to try: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/yale_evict_symphony/
FROM CT MIRROR ARTICLE...
“Get rid of that (sales tax) money, get rid of the (municipal spending)
cap, and just leave us alone,” Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, a
Democrat, said during a municipal lobbying event at the Capitol on
March 1. And the same message from CCM President Mayor Mark
Boughton of Danbury just after the Regular Session and on the cusp of
Special Session May 12, 2016.
B U D G E T R E V I S I O N S U G G E S T I O N S
VOLUNTEER TO BE FIRED - THAT SEEMS TO BE WHAT THIS WOULD END UP AS...story in full: http://ctmirror.org/2016/04/14/college-president-encourages-employees-to-take-unpaid-time-off/
MAS MACHO DEPT: http://www.nhregister.com/government-and-politics/20160412/malloy-releases-plan-to-cut-922m-budget-deficit-with-deeps-cuts-to-education-town-aid
Finance Revenue and Bonding as well as Appropriations can't make the numbers work.
"...Connecticut to become both the richest and the most unequal state in the nation" - AFL-CIO on the G.O.P. suggestions.
And the Governor uses a knife - his actions and rescission story
TRANSIT CORRIDOR BILL RETURNS...INCLUDES "DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT" TAKING POSSIBILITY
SB90: "Development district" means an area around a transit station,
determined by a memorandum of agreement between the authority and the
chief executive officer of the municipality where such transit station
is located and approved by the legislative body of the municipality
where such transit station is located, provided such area shall not
exceed a one-half mile radius of such transit station..." FYI - The New
Britain-Hartford Busway is considered a transit corridor.
CHARTER THE SHORT SESSION: Is this related to C.C.J.E.F. lawsuit? http://ctmirror.org/2016/02/05/malloy-increase-charter-school-cut-neighborhood-school-funding/
So the big thing is to do the budget implementer before the eleventh
hour...speaking of the eleventh hour, it is sometimes significant even
more what happens along the way as bills turn into...sausages.
You have to look for this - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/pddata/cbr/cbr11.asp
Governor's S.B. No. 19 Session Year 2016
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE TRANSIT CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY.
To implement the Governor's budget recommendations. And
boy do they ever! What was it that Patrick Henry said? "Give
me libert or gove me the transit corridor development assistance
authority with an emphasis on AUTHORITY." Check this part out:
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE TRANSIT CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY.
Governor's Bill # 19
6) "Transit station" means any passenger railroad station or
Hartford-New Britain busway project station that is operational, or for
which the department has initiated planning or that is included in the
state-wide transportation investment program.
(a) section is missing???
(b) There is hereby established and created a body politic and
corporate, constituting a public instrumentality and political
subdivision of the state established and created for the performance of
an essential public and governmental function, to be known as the
Transit Corridor Development Assistance Authority. The authority shall
not be construed to be a department, institution or agency of the state.
(c) (1) The powers of the authority shall be vested in and
exercised by a board of directors, which shall consist of fifteen
members: (A) Five appointed by the Governor; (B) one appointed by the
speaker of the House of Representatives; (C) one appointed by the
president pro tempore of the Senate; (D) one appointed by the majority
leader of the House of Representatives; (E) one appointed by the
majority leader of the Senate; (F) one appointed by the minority leader
of the House of Representatives; (G) one appointed by the minority
leader of the Senate; and (H) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and
Management, the Commissioner of Transportation, The Commissioner of
Housing, and The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or
their designees, who shall serve as ex-officio members of the board,
with the right to vote.
(2) In addition to the members listed under subdivision (1) of
this subsection, the chief elected official of each municipality in
which an authority development project is planned, or such official's
designee, shall serve as an ad hoc, voting member of the board solely
for matters directly affecting such municipality and not including
matters pertaining to the general operations of the authority.
(3) In addition to the members listed under subdivisions (1)
and (2) of this subsection, the executive director of the regional
council of governments for the planning region in which an authority
development project is planned, or such executive director's designee,
shall serve as an ad hoc, nonvoting member of the board solely for
matters directly affecting such region and not including matters
pertaining to the general operations of the authority.
(4) In addition to the members listed under subdivisions (1),
(2) and (3) of this subsection, the legislative body of the municipality
in which an authority development project is planned shall appoint a
representative of the minority community to serve as an ad hoc,
nonvoting member of the board solely for matters directly affecting such
community and not including matters pertaining to the general
operations of the authority.
(5) The Governor shall designate the chairperson of the board
from among the voting members. All initial appointments shall be made
not later than November 1, 2016. The terms of the initial board members
shall be as follows: (A) The five members appointed by the Governor
shall serve terms of four years from the date of appointment; (B) the
members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and the
president pro tempore of the Senate shall serve a term of two years
from the date of appointment; (C) the members appointed by the majority
leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate shall serve a
term of two years from the date of appointment; and (D) the members
appointed by the minority leaders of the House of Representatives and
the Senate shall serve a term of two years from the date of appointment.
Thereafter, all members shall be appointed by the original appointing
authority for four-year terms. Any member of the board shall be eligible
for reappointment. Any vacancy occurring other than by expiration of
term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for
the balance of the unexpired term. The appointing authority for any
member may remove such member for misfeasance, malfeasance or wilful
neglect of duty.
(6) Each member of the board, before commencing such member's
duties, shall take and subscribe the oath or affirmation required by
article XI, section 1, of the state Constitution. A record of each such
oath shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State.
H.J. No. 1 - Session Year 2016
RESOLUTION PROPOSING A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE RESOURCES OF THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND.
Governor's H.B. No. 5047 Session Year 2016
AN ACT CONCERNING EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE PROPERTY TAX: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05047&which_year=2016
READ STORY HERE: ADJUSTMENTS TO PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM?
So do you think this board game is too close to reality? What are the odds? From CT MIRROR today, Feb. 1, 2016:
"Republican legislators offered a blueprint Monday to curb future
state spending by, among other things, no longer guaranteeing worker
retirement benefits by contract.
"The plan offered by minority Republicans in the House and Senate also recommends:
- Making workers pay more for health care and retirement benefits;
- Tightening limits on overtime;
- Easing prevailing wage restrictions on municipalities;
- Accelerating the closing of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School to January 2017;
- And capping one key area of state bonding just below 2014 levels."
"VALUE CAPTURE" FOR DUMMIES - THE CONNECTICUT WAY
Big Changes On The Horizon For How The State Budgets
by Christine Stuart | Jan 27, 2016 5:30am
...House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said Tuesday that the state
has to get serious about recognizing the need to change how government
operates at both the state and local level...That means taking steps to
require performance measures for grants that are doled out to cities and
towns..For Sharkey that means requiring towns to combine their
emergency call centers. He said it’s absurd that the state allows every
single town and every single municipal police department to run their
own call center...story in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/big_changes_on_the_horizon_for_how_the_state_budgets/
Barnes Was Vague, But Spokesman Said Malloy Is Not Proposing Tax Hikes
by Christine Stuart | Jan 26, 2016 1:16pm
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director tried to be as vague as possible
about whether the governor will propose a tax increase when he releases
his budget next week to the General Assembly...
Sharkey said the state needs to
fundamentally change how it thinks about funding services. He said
municipalities should not get the same level of state funding, if they
continue to avoid achieving efficiency through regionalization. He
suggested the state could even save some money, if cities and towns
don’t agree to share services.
The days of subsidizing cities and towns with state funds without
accountability is over, according to Sharkey. Story in
WHAT WILL GLOBAL WARMING MEAN FOR THE CORRIDOR EAST-WEST?
DRONES? Which Committee? No bills there yet...what's up? http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Legislators-to-float-drone-laws-6827527.php
SMOKIN' POT, NEVER MIND THE MEDICAL KIND, LEGALIZED??? BEING RE-INTRODUCED.
BEES & BUTTERFLY ISSUE:
What will Transportation Committee be up to? Finding a new Commissioner of Motor Vehicles?
COURANT: "Andres Ayala Jr. has
submitted his resignation as state Department of Motor Vehicles
commissioner after a nightmarish year of problems – including snafus
with a new computer system, a tripling of wait times for DMV customers,
erroneous revocation of drivers' vehicle registrations, and the release
of false information to the public." More here: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-dmv-0120-20160120-story.html
Senate Chair. of CT Transportation Committee: http://www.theday.com/local/20160119/police-confirm-sen-maynard-was-driving-wrong-way
Any ideas? Two comments - number one: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_failed_leadership_taxes_contempt_ushered_ge_out_the_door/#cmt
And number two: “...The driving boom is over,” he said. “If we’re
going to attract talent to the state, if we’re going to keep young
people in the state after they graduate from college, we need to be
providing people options that allow people to not depend on their
cars.” Story in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/transportation_advocates_lawmaker_lobby_against_plans_to_widen_i-95/
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP - GUESS WHO IS THE 2016 TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE'S CO-CHAIR?
Police: Investigation continues in two-car crash involving Sen. Maynard
By Julia Bergman
Published January 16. 2016 7:17PM | Updated January 16. 2016 8:09PM
Waterford — Police continue to investigate a two-car accident involving
state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington...more to come on this one?
NO JOKE. HOW WILL THEY "ADJUST" THE BUDGET NOW, IN LIGHT OF
OUTFLOW OF HIGH $$ JOBS? BINGO!!! HAVE THE PROPERTY TAX BE
AN EXTRA % OR SO PER COMMUNITY ABOVE SOME LINE, TO REWARD THOSE
BELOW??? JUST ASKING!
"INSTEAD OF G.E.?"- CT'S ECONOMY FLICKERING...
How many ideas from the M.O.R.E. Commission will become bills by
switching tenses in existing statutes? Or dumping more unfunded
mandates on Towns?
In Connecticut donkeys are bigger than elephants...and it is down the
rabbit hole again - one way to describe the process of "how a bill
becomes a law." At right, heron cringes.
"GETTING THEIR DUCKS IN A ROW" AN EXPRESSION USED IN POLITICS FOR VOTE COUNTING - THE HERON FINDS IT RATHER TACKY:
COMING IN FEBRUARY: A BILL ABOUT CHANGING THE PROPERTY TAX, PERHAPS? OR WILL THIS COME IN SPECIAL SESSION INSTEAD WITH NO PUBLIC HEARING, IN THE IMPLEMENTER?
SHARED PROPERTY TAX?
Surprise! No, first the Executive Branch will be pulling pulling our the teeth, or financial power,
from the Legislature. Following on "zero based budgeting" which
to Democrats means having Fairfield County get...ZERO, the Governor will
seek to get all people in Fairfield County's passwords to their
finances (just joking)...
FOLLOWING BILLS IS AN ART; CT MIRROR VERSION HERE - SEEING THEM BECOME LAW, OR NOT, IS MAKING SAUSAGES.
About Town follows land use related subjects. This might be a hot
session for us! We note that $$ in the form of property tax, that
communities depend upon, is on the chopping block.
Usually, the Short Session is for budget adjustments, but as the OPM
Secretary said, we are in a state of permanent fiscal crisis...but in
If you don't believe me, just follow a bill as it goes from Committee to
Committee, to the Floor and back again (of each house) first - like a
square dance caller's "DoSaDo" and then a quiet death for many in the
Public Health Committee Bill Record Book - "WATERING DOWN" BILL ON...WATER?
Not really applicable to Weston, but interesting! https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5350&which_year=2016
An example of a "what's that again?" bill
Fluoride bill for (reducing amount of it in) public water supplies: http://ctmirror.org/2016/04/13/session-notes-house-passes-new-water-fluoridation-standard/
Planning & Development Committee Bill Record Book
Transit Corridor Development Authority back - SB19.
This bill is a travesty. And right out of the
block, having been JF'd to the floor, it is sent to...the Transportation
Committee. However it is on the Senate Calendar #275. It
has been worked over by P&D as well as Transportation...not on the
House calendar yet.
Please read here why:
GOVERNOR MALLOY NEUTERS WATCHDOGS AND PUNISHES ANYONE WHO VOICES OPPOSITIO
Head Election Regulator Warns Support For Bill Could Prove Fatal To Landmark Campaign Law
by Christine Stuart | Mar 8, 2016 5:30am
The head of Connecticut’s election enforcement agency warned lawmakers
Monday that a piece of legislation they’re considering would change how
political parties operate in Connecticut...S.E.E.C. suing Democrats over
the Gubernatorial Election of 2014...will that be moot after
Legislature passes this bill? Read more here:
Here it comes again! Transit Corridor Development Authority: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=19&which_year=2016
And not to be ignored, a camel-like covering bill for all things sustainable: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/TOB/s/2016SB-00090-R00-SB.htm
Environment Committee Bill Record Book
PUBLIC HEARING AT CONNECTICUT LEGISLATURE
Environment Committee entertains, in a daytime public hearing March 14th, one of my favorite personalities of Legislative lore - "The Silver Fox"
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE FEB. 5, 2016: WE SUSPECT EARLY PUBLIC HEARINGS, BUT WHAT DO WE KNOW? PLASTIC BAGS REDUX?
Environment Committee raises 41 bills - appropriately, they met (leaving
the meeting open for votes later in the day) while other Committees
cancelled - Wednesday Feb. 10 next meeting.
Housing Committee Bill Record Book
Transportation Committee Bill Record Book
Two bills to check out - the first is what I call the TESLA BILL
Second is Proposed H.B. 5041, privatize the D.M.V.
Photo by M.S. Wirtenberg
Governor Malloy (pictured [l] when Mayor Malloy) at Legislative Breakfast held by SWRPA; 2016 Malloy..
The Governor's State of the State speech here.
Our summary below, that we think can be simply called "The
Five Pillars of CT Government" as expressed by Governor Malloy in his
State of the State 2016 speech.
First: "...Going forward, we need to limit our spending to
available resources. We can do it by changing our 'current services'
Second: "...Here’s the second principle: We cannot structurally
balance our budget for the long run until we have addressed the primary
driver of our long-term unfunded obligations."
Third: "...The third principle is this: We need to prioritize funding for core services."
Fourth: "...The fourth principle is this: State agencies must be
held accountable to the public and the legislature for their results."
Fifth: "...Here’s the fifth and final principle: We’ve talked
about limiting our spending, we’ve talked about our pension and
post-employment cost, we’ve talked about setting priorities, and we’ve
talked about focusing on results."
B U D G E T I M P L E M E N T E R B I L L S