LINK TO IMPLEMENTER AS SUMMARIZED BY OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH
V E T O S E S S I O N
SPECIAL SESSION RULES, 11:17am; Resolution 401, 501, 502, 503,
adopted by Senate, 12:30pm...Senate stands at ease...7601 move for
Sen. Osten makes the case for override. Sen. Formica stands to support her motion. Done.
SPECIAL SESSION RULES, 11:17am; Resolution 401, 501, 502, 503, transmitted to Senate
Emergency Cert.7601 called, reconsider vote (11:23am); at right,
only 4 "no" votes - those who might have gone on record but chose not to
were absent, as well as legislators who couldn't make it. 11:38am
The 2017 Special Session that never ended may not have ended if the
Governor vetoes the Medicare Savings Program fix approved by both House
and Senate Monday, January 8, 2018...
HOUSE Emergency Certified bill - 7601
Medicare Savings Program
Bipartisan concern that this was not part of a holistic approach.
Seniors let their legislators hear it and that made a difference!
PASSES IN BOTH
One vote no in Senate and three in the House. Veiled partisan debate.
IN THE NEXT WEEKS...HOW ABOUT MONDAY, JAN. 8th?
Squeezing in just one more Special Session day. About Town reads this as no problem, but what do we know? A report here on the Special Session that never ends...
IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL ITS OVER - THE CALENDAR YEAR LEAKS INTO 2018...
AS IN SPECIAL SESSION WILL COME IN 2018 AFTER BEING EXTENDED ON DEC. 29, 2017 BY...MOTION FROM REP. CURREY.
H O U S E
DO WE FINALLY HAVE A BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM BEGUN JULY FIRST?
NOVEMBER 15 HOUSE APPROVES SENATE BILL AND SENDS TO GOVERNOR FOR HIS SIGNATURE. AGAIN. AND YET AGAIN.
SPEAKER PRESIDES THE ENTIRE TIME
SESSION DAY BEGINSReminder of the out years.
Renters rebate complaint begins the Session and GOP reminder of the out years. .
CT-N diss (echo of Sen. Bye by Dep. Speaker Pro Tempore) ends it with what sounded like a threat....
Vote: See interesting pattern of yes/no - Republicans free to vote no - only one Democrat goes against compromise...
Others stayed home...or did not vote. All over in maybe 50 minutes.
S E N A T E
Tuesday November 14, 2017
In caucus for an hour. When they are called, 34 of 36 Senators are present.
Sen. Hartley opens session day, and runs the meeting until the end, when Lt. Gov. steps in.
10:38 - Emergency Certified bill #1503
Roll Call - 34-0
Transmittal to House.
Explanation: #1503 is correction in lines T4-11 of previous document. Hospital change. Voice vote.
Sen. Looney leads the pledge, speaks later re: World Series.
Adjourned 10:55am subject to the call of the Chair.
Special Session continues into late autumn - let us hope it is online - YES!!!
Nov. 14 (Senate - 9:30am) & Nov. 15 (House - 12:30pm) announced on CT Legislative website Sunday.
CT-N "INSTANT" coverage of the Governor getting antsy not helpful.
Legislative leaders thus, perhaps, not sympathetic? Their closed
door negotiations, caused by his veto of bipartisan budget Sept. 16
imperiled. And the latest on Crumbling Foundations...
@3PM, OCT. 31, GOVERNOR SIGNS BUDGET, LINE ITEM VETOES HOSPITAL TAX FUNDING; SIGNS MILLSTONE BILL. MORE ON SECURITY AT MILLSTONE. PLANS ARE TO PUT A BANDAID ON VARIOUS BOO-BOOS.
A storm is brewing. Good reason for the Governor to veto the bipartisan budget...by today or tomorrow or Thursday?
Governor Malloy is timing
his veto to make it drown in the noise of the Russia investigation and CT resident, perchance. Check this out: http://www.thehour.com/local/article/Malloy-to-lawmakers-fix-hospital-tax-in-budget-12317167.php
Links to who voted which way above.
WORD FOR WORD HERE.
READ OFA DESCRIPTION ABOUT WHAT'S IN IT - BUDGET PASSES
AND SPENDING CAP GETS 60% (MORE THAN THAT EVEN!!!) Separate vote
of Dominion (nuclear power station) Bill passed as well.
SPECIAL SESSION TO GET STARTED AFTER REVENUE ESTIMATES ADOPTED BY FINANCE, REVENUE & BONDING. . .
LATE LAMENTED SPENDING CAP COMMISSION MENTIONED AS A WAY NOT TO DO IT
Rep. Ziobron is lead speaker supporting Republican, now Senate, budget. No earmarks. New clarity in reporting we might add!!!
What do the Republicans see as the path out of the fiscal mess?
Our two-dozen or so favorite parts of the Implementer:
- Beginning at the end of this maybe 1000pp - #676 - safe drinking water.
- And our favorite example of regional sharing (borrowing from Massachusetts) - #673
- The only "rat" we found - #333. This is the one that exempts
OFA and OPM from filing reports on CT fiscal status in Nov. 2017!
Diversions, encroachment and a plan for the next biennium school funding
formulae. We are preparing the next About Town column to give a
CT MIRROR is presently going over the 1000 pp Implementer for "rats". Bonding for crumbling foundations, XL center and Hartford the City on the Brink, we think.
OCTOBER 26, 2017
Fasten you seat belts...
Taking bets on when the gavel calls it in and out; how many
caucuses; which amendments pass if any...ANS: On time, 5
hrs. including wait for Dominion debate, lots of questions, no
House called into Session at 10 AM promptly...
1502 State Budget, OLR ANALYSIS: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/BA/2017SB-01502-R00SS1-BA.htm
Rep. Klarides says GOP got 85% of goals; product is historic.
- Transfers from
energy fund discussed and Crumbling Foundations.
- Income tax, sales
tax, no second home, etc. not there. Thank you. Under bond
- "No" voters - MILLIONAIRES. Gone With the Wind.
881pp., more bad than good.
On Dominion/Millstone. Small mind argument
but we ask who would profit? Redistribution of profits.
DEREGULATION is back. DEEP, PURA. What's next? So that is
how the budget will fall apart?
FIRST Amendment (not freedom of the press...) fails. 55 - 87
Nuclear industry, 53-87. Very good debate and NONpartisan.
VOTE ON THE BILL: 75-66; 10 absent. Transmit 1502 and 1501 to Governor.
...Enabling the American Family to Thrive
Yesterday, Ivanka Trump joined Senate and House Republicans at the
Capitol to discuss the importance of increasing the child tax credit to
benefit working families of America. Our tax code must recognize and
support the reality that the majority of parents in the United States
are a part of the workforce. As wages have stagnated over the years, the
cost of raising a family has grown exponentially, creating a critical
need for tax reform to ensure that all American families can invest in
their children and thrive.
SO WHAT DID THE COMPROMISE BRING?
Democrat caucus called at 9:41pm...we went to sleep and awoke to find this agreement!
How to pay for budget comes first...Rep. Rojas calls
FR&B to order and goes into recess..."CLARITY OF CHAOS" Sen. Leone. YES - 33, NO - 2 (out of 51 members)
Play-by-play as we watch it...who's on F,R&B?
Answer: Everybody! Above, Rep.
Rojas, House Chair. and Sens. Fonfara and Frantz are Co-Chairs. (not
shown). This is where we find out how the Legislature is planning
to fund the bottom line of their budget. .
Last time this Committee met was prior to the Sept 15-16 votes to
approve the Republican budget with some Democrats joining because of
deep seated concerns about financial situation going forward...and now we see that all Republicans do not agree.
We're taking bets...this will not be a "rat free" Implementer: Answer - no. At least they are bipartisan rats on our sinking ship?
VOTE: 33-2, 16 absent.
- Do you think that this Special Session date will run past...1AM? No. Ans. It will be over quick.
- What if the Senate passes the budget, it will not be with votes to override a veto.
many items will the Senate have to take up separately before finalizing
the budget? Let's see...the Dominion matter, separate vote on
Spending Cap stuff because...
we are suggesting is that a number of budget measures may required more
than a bare majority (60% for Spending Cap)..
- Speaking of bears, will bear hunting re-emerge in Implementer?
OOPS. Is it going to unravel? Nope. Will it be vetoed? Yup.
BREAKING NEWS FROM NEWSPAPER OF RECORD, OR LEGISLATIVE NON-NEWS
Suddenly people are worried about what is in
the Implementer - like, OMG they expect Democrats to read a 900 page
document on the fly??? 1000pp? Enough support for a veto override?
WHAT IS THE "HARTFORD DEAL" - CONNECTICUT WANTS TO KNOW. AND HOW WILL ENDING CAR/PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX HELP?
So the municipalities have been saved from funding
(first) Teachers' Pensions...but how will communities live without the
car tax - and does this apply to other personal property too? Taunting exchange.
MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY...AGAIN
PREDICT ANOTHER VETO IF YOU CONSIDER HOW THE ACTUAL FACTS AS OPPOSED TO
MANIPULATED FACTS ARE ROLLING OUT IT SEEMS EVERY OTHER DAY...
"...The tax on teachers
is meant to offset the loss of revenue caused by
rejection of a proposal by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to have cities and
towns begin contributing to the underfunded pension system for public
school teachers, a cost now borne by teachers and the state." This was
in the Republican budget the Legislature passed Sept. 16 and the
Governor vetoed subsequently.
"So where's the budget agreement?" Governor Malloy asks. Anything doing at C.G.A. today? Surprise! Legislative leaders agree...
you think the Governor suffers from addition and subtraction deficit
disorder? (Like not understanding the significance of the 18-18 tie in
NEWS: Government is a three-legged stool or was the four or five?
- C.E.A. and three towns ask for injunction
against executive order.
- Governor' says C.E.A. has no standing and by
the way, he'll veto budget again if passing along teachers' pensions not
- Legislators seemed to be getting serious...
" G O O D B U D G E T F O R D A N B U R Y "
"Our Union, right or wrong" means something else in CT.
V E T O S E S S I O N A T H I G H N O O N
Or not. And immediately into caucus. Recommence after
1:30pm...already 1:45pm. The Legislature's music is very easy to
So how will this go down?
New glasses for the Governor - can become warm and fuzzy as a new
grandfather? "The House will convene immediately..." Pledge,
VETO MESSAGE by Governor (second from left) read in total. Budget and Implementer
rejected by him (reasons for veto) because pensions, limits on States unilateral SEBAC
powers and fiscal cliff created. And also takes away from all the new
programs he created.
"...Under the rules, only members who voted in favor of the budget last
month could make the motion. As such, the vast majority of the House
Democratic caucus was unable to make the motion." (Hartford
Courant report 10-3-17)
Motion for reconsideration (has to be made by someone who voted for the
budget that had passed previously) simple majority; second, 2/3
for repassage. Path forward? Oct. 31st is the drop dead
date. Majority Leader (above right) says $850 million
identical. Pass this
part. Meet next week...Minority Leader says WTF or legislatively
more correct,. "so why did we drag everyone out today?" Since the
Republicans weren't going to move for reconsideration until the issue
had been properly aired (Oct. 10th their date). To me the
significant point was that NO DEMOCRAT WHO HAD VOTED FOR THE BUDGET
SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY AT NOON IN THE HOUSE TO (NOT) OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO
"Quick pitch" by House Democrats in order to cut short debate and assure
no override (2/3) during "Veto Session." Thus Governor to run
Connecticut by himself.
BUT WAIT A MINUTE - QUICK CALL FOR HOUSE VOTE TO OVERRIDE VETO (BY DEMOCRATS) AND AS THEY SAY, REMEMBER THIS IN NOVEMBER...
“Vetoing the only state budget at this time is blindly accepting
the governor’s executive order,’’ said Fasano. “It’s accepting hundreds
of millions of dollars in cuts to towns, cities and schools. It’s
accepting a $56 million cut to Hartford. It’s accepting teacher layoffs
and property tax increases. It’s accepting additional cuts to nonprofits
and social services. The worst part about all of this is it doesn’t
have to be this way.’’
V E T O S E S S I O N
October 10th correct date... WestCOG speaking for us all...
TO BE OR NOT TO BE...THAT IS THE QUESTION FOR TOWNS WITH CHARTERS
One guess is that the House Speaker and his minions will try to include a "Veto Session" - http://www.thehour.com/local/article/House-session-for-veto-override-accelerated-12241369.php
A "BAND-AID APPROACH" TO THE BIENNIAL BUDGET, DON'T YOU THINK?
Malloy is 1)asking the hospitals to give up their lawsuit and 2)at
the same time, getting permission (not in writing) from the Feds for
missing the Oct. 1 Medicaid deadline...hmmm...
HERE'S THE PLAN: SPECIAL SESSION BEFORE OCT 1st TO APPROVE THE
HOSPITALS ARRANGEMENT TO MAKE CT ELIGIBLE FOR $$ FROM FEDS...
"Crumbling foundations" time bomb for Grand Lists. Bipartisan concern to Eastern CT. Marble floors and at CT Capitol out of step? Perchance an override to veto if necessary?
Connecticut journalists interviewing the Republicans leadership (above). "Side by side" comparisons coming?
that the Republican - no, the Legislature's - budget has a scorched
earth policy on hospitals and UCONN, the fourth estate parrots the
Democrat criticisms. "Structural change" can include merging stuff,
among other things, to achieve less bureaucracy and duplication -
removing more Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners (political
appointees who then get retirement $$ down the road).
has four option including line item veto, full veto, not sign it and of
course the other alternative, to sign it or just let it become law.
THE SENATE SESSION ON THE 925pp Implementer to The BUDGET 7501
First doing Dominion...lots of bi-partisanship. And what a surprise to come!
CCM IN FAVOR OF GOP BUDGET
Point of personal privilege; Announces bill. Senate Rule 15
exodus. 1501 lco amendment - Dominion. Must look to the
future. Must have storage for intermittent power. Millstone
Nuclear Power Station. Questions
Amendment. Voice vote.
S T R U C T U R A L C H A N G E S
REPUBLICAN BUDGET INTRODUCED...IS THERE IS A TRICK BEING PLAYED BY NOT HAVING THE LCO NUMBER
Mic check. Clerk is in possession of amendment - GOP budget
introduced. New formula. Education. Municipal mandate
relief. Transportation $$ plan stabilized. Tourism a
Spending Cap, Mandate Relief. Sen. Osten speaks against republican
budget. Sen. Witkos. Teachers' Pension. "Give us a
seat at the table" - Senate Amendment 'A' "vacation homes" ride share,
cellphone, teachers pension shift. LCO 10072
HOW ARE THE GOP MANAGING THE MUNICIPAL RELATIONSHIP?
Senate Amendment 'B' - special education cost sharing changes. Town Aid Road.
Senator Fasano thanks non-Partisan staff. Tolls do not raise
funds. Congestion Pricing not a revenue producer.
Quasi-public agencies not needed. Tax on Fantasy sports...NEW
FORMULA FOR SCHOOL AID.
FISCAL HEALTH, FIXED COSTS, STRUCTURAL CHANGE
Highlights: State is living beyond its means. We need a bipartisan
budget. Legacy deficit. Over bonding.
Abdication of responsibility. Doyle voting for 'B' - Slossberg 'B'
and Hartley 'B' - including "rats" is more than problematic.
Ability to pay. Bold action needed. And furthermore, I think these three Democrats will be punished.
7501 - 21-15
Sen. Looney threatens...the only way to get a budget was to vote for 'A' because the Governer is going to veto 'B'
SENATE VOTE 21-15 for 'B'
Chalk up a win for Senator Osten - where is it in the 925 page Implementer?
Pays for it by added a surcharge of 12% on all home owner insurance
bills. "Pay for Crumbling Foundation fix or we'll put you in
solitary confinement" said a Majority Party officer..
THE 925-page "IMPLEMENTER" shorter than both "Gone With The Wind (more
than 1000pp)" and "Anna Karenina(950 approx)." Both too long to
keep the attention of younger generation not to mention legislators -
mine will read it!
What was in 'A' that we noticed.
R E G I O N A L A S S E S S O R S
Section 7-100k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
(a) [Any] Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act, municipal charter or ordinance, any town, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough, regional council of governments or any combination of towns, consolidated towns and cities or consolidated towns and boroughs
may, by town or borough meeting vote, or, in those municipalities in
which there is no such meeting, by a two-thirds majority of the members
of the legislative body thereof, provide for the appointment of one or
more [but not more than five] assessors.
Any such municipality or municipalities or regional council of governments
may establish the qualifications and compensation of such assessor or
assessors, and may provide for the appointment by the assessor or board
of assessors of clerical and other assistance within the limits of the
appropriation therefor, provided, if there is more than one assessor,
such assessors shall choose one of their number to be chairman of the
board of assessors.
assessor appointed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be
sworn to the faithful performance of his or her duties by the clerk or clerks of the [town] municipality
or municipalities that provided for the appointment of such assessor,
or, in the case of a regional council of governments, by the clerk of
each participating municipality.
E X C E S S C O S T E D U C A T I O N G R A N T ?
"Base grant amount" means the equalization aid grant a town was
entitled to receive for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, as
enumerated in section 20 of public act 16-2 of the May special session,
minus any reductions to said equalization aid grant during the fiscal
year ending June 30, 2017, resulting from lapses to the funds
appropriated for said equalization aid grant attributable to the
recommendation made by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and
Management, pursuant to section 12 of public act 15-244.
Y O U T H S E R V I C E S
Subsection (a) of section 10-19o of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from
Commissioner of Education shall establish a program to provide grants to
youth service bureaus in accordance with this section.
Only youth service bureaus which (1) were eligible to receive grants
pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, [or
applied for a grant by June 30, 2012, with prior approval of the town's
contribution pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, [or which] (3)
applied for a grant during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, or
(4) applied for a grant during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017,
with prior approval of the town's contribution pursuant to subsection
(b) of this section, shall be eligible for a grant pursuant to this
section. [for any fiscal year commencing on or after July 1, 2012.
] Each such youth service bureau shall receive, within available
appropriations, a grant of fourteen thousand dollars.
Department of Education may expend an amount not to exceed two per cent
of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for
there are any remaining funds, each such youth service bureau that was
awarded a grant in excess of fifteen thousand dollars in the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1995, shall receive a percentage of such funds.
The percentage shall be determined as follows:
each such grant in excess of fifteen thousand dollars, the difference
between the amount of the grant awarded to the youth service bureau for
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and fifteen thousand dollars shall
be divided by the difference between the total amount of the grants
awarded to all youth service bureaus that were awarded grants in excess
of fifteen thousand dollars for said fiscal year and the product of
fifteen thousand dollars and the number of such grants for said fiscal
W A T E R
(NEW) (Effective from passage until June 30, 2019) (a) As used in this section:
(NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) As used in this section:
C O U N C I L O F G O V E R N M E N TS empowerment
210. Section 8-31b of the general statutes is repealed and the
following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
On or before January 1, 2015, each regional planning agency created
pursuant to sections 8-31a to 8-37a, inclusive, of the general statutes,
revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, and each regional council
of elected officials created pursuant to sections 4-124c to 4-124h,
inclusive, shall be restructured to form a regional council of
governments as provided in section 4-124j.
(b) A regional council
of governments may accept or participate in any grant, donation or
program available to any political subdivision of the state and may also
accept or participate in any grant, donation or program made available
to counties by any other governmental or private entity. Notwithstanding
the provisions of any special or public act, any political subdivision
of the state may enter into an agreement with a regional council of
governments to perform jointly or to provide, alone or in cooperation
with any other entity, any service, activity or undertaking that the
political subdivision is authorized by law to perform. A regional
council of governments established pursuant to this section may
administer and provide regional services to municipalities and may
delegate such authority to subregional groups of such municipalities.
Regional services provided to member municipalities shall be determined
by each regional council of governments, except as provided in
subsection (b) of section 9-229 and section 9-229b, and may include,
without limitation, the following services: (1) Engineering; (2)
inspectional and planning; (3) economic development; (4) public safety;
(5) emergency management; (6) animal control; (7) land use management;
(8) tourism promotion; (9) social; (10) health; (11) education; (12)
data management; (13) regional sewerage; (14) housing; (15) computerized
mapping; (16) household hazardous waste collection; (17) recycling;
(18) public facility siting; (19) coordination of master planning; (20)
vocational training and development; (21) solid waste disposal; (22)
fire protection; (23) regional resource protection; (24) regional impact
studies; and (25) transportation.
D EN T I S T S ("dentists, dental conditions" added)
160. Subsection (a) of section 17b-259b of the general statutes is
repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective
(a) For purposes of the administration of the
medical assistance programs by the Department of Social Services,
"medically necessary" and "medical necessity" mean those health services
required to prevent, identify, diagnose, treat, rehabilitate or
ameliorate an individual's medical condition, including mental illness,
or its effects, and dental conditions in
order to attain or maintain the individual's achievable health and
independent functioning provided such services are: (1) Consistent with
generally-accepted standards of medical practice that are defined as
standards that are based on (A) credible scientific evidence published
in peer-reviewed medical literature that is generally recognized by the
relevant medical community, (B) recommendations of a physician-specialty
or dental-specialty society, (C) the views of physicians or dentists
practicing in relevant clinical areas, and (D) any other relevant
factors; (2) clinically appropriate in terms of type, frequency, timing,
site, extent and duration and considered effective for the individual's
illness, injury or disease; (3) not primarily for the convenience of
the individual, the individual's health care provider or other health
care providers; (4) not more costly than an alternative service or
sequence of services at least as likely to produce equivalent
therapeutic or diagnostic results as to the diagnosis or treatment of
the individual's illness, injury or disease; and (5) based on an
assessment of the individual and his or her medical condition.
Wonder what the House is going to do...
Thursday's House Session...nope - a House Democrat "caucus" called at
4:20pm. Will the Senate be in Session at 6pm??? It is now 10:10pm, and no movement in either House or Senate.
So how will we keep track throughout the night? Periodically
we will check CT-N, CTNEWSJUNKIE and other sources to see what's going
on...silently. And what a surprise! At 12:30am we checked
the web and...
An oops moment for Majority Party. This morning the HOUR reports
Government pleased with the compromise he worked with his own Party.
It appears they'll have to try again!
Republican Press Conference explains what was meant by Majority putting Governor's Budget as placeholder...
The dog ate their homework department; Democrat Speaker short
with words as he left after dragging everyone through a day of hurry up
and wait - the Finance Committee should have kept asking questions!!!
NOW IT IS FRIDAY LATE...
FINANCE, REVENUE & BONDING, 2PM Thursday
"We're in for a bumpy night" (with or without the seatbelts) - Co-Chair. recalls line from "All About Eve" - spoken by a former Westport resident (I actually saw her at Chez Pierre one night in the early 1970's).
AND HERE WE GO...SENATOR FONFARA ON THE HOOK.
26 to 25 adopted.
- Teacher retirement $91 million, $189 million for biennium only.
on seasonal homes would be a CT property tax like the one in Vermont on
second homes. Five mills to bring in $34 million each of the 2 years - Single family vacation home (20,000 in the
State) under a State property tax.
- CELLPHONE TAX - 49 cents per line. 3
- Fantasy sports.
- Casino tax.
- Ride sharing
PARTY CAUCUS at 11:15am. Looks like 2pm is the magic time! On your mark, get set go!!!
Apologies for cancelling yesterday...and here we go - Senate now to meet three hours later, at 6PM. First
to the plate for Revenue estimates is the Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Committee - Co-Chair. on Senate side, Sen. Frantz; Weston's
Senator Boucher. House Chair. Rojas opens meeting, mentions
absence, and orders caucus.
Well said, Senator Boucher and perhaps there will be one for the Saturday LWV of Weston "Legislative Wrap?"
think we can all guess what the Legislature is going to do on we think
Thursday, September 14 at 10am 0r some time after F, R & B meets - (make no one happy).
On the table:
Ask why it took so long at the LWV of Weston Legislative Wrap Up Sept. 16th!
- SEIU advert decries "wealthy" and demands more from top 10th - quotes from statement by CARECENTRIX CEO washing his hands with others on the public$$ train - who surely know how to suck off government largess ("FIRST FIVE" members).
- ROBIN HOOD Proposal
- "Structural and systemic changes" as they (Republicans as well) call it - but we ask what in the heck does that mean?
- Considering that the Senate Majority Leader refers to "systematic" changes...which is actually what is going on, JMO.
- What's the difference?
House 10am and Senate 3pm Sessions Thursday. CareCentrix is one of the "First Five" or so.
HOW "OBAMACARE" WAS PASSED? AND THE ADVICE OF SPEAKER
PELOSI? THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN...vote first, then read it.
C.G.A. GOING TO PUNT?
Two First Selectmen serving in the Legislature respond to OPM ("Office of Pickpockets and Mendacity").
Legislative "Robin Hood" Majority sees Fairfield County as "Sherwood Forest" (circled in with green).
Possible movement? Tick, tock...now way says GOP.
GOP to introduce their budget as an amendment if there is a House Session.
Higher cellphone tax? Nope, no increase to that in House Dem's budget - our's is the 43rd lowest..
H O W M A N Y V E R S
I O N S O F A B U D G E
- Governor's budget features passing along cost of teacher
retirement to cities and towns in some proportion to their "ability to
- Senate Democrats: ???
- Senate Republicans: They have revised theirs - have had a budget in place vetted by OFA for it seems forever...
- House Democrats: Got absolutely panned by Director above right of C.S.F.P.; COURANT story: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-not-just-sales-tax-increases-20170828-story.html
- House Republicans: With
Senate Republicans now. Union agreement ratification by
Legislature along Party lines probably made the differences between the
two GOP budgets so minimal by comparison with Governor, House budgets it
wasn't worth confusing folks.
"FLASH" NEWS ON SESSION" HERE
SO WHERE DOES THIS GET US? CT MIRROR take on it...GOVERNOR USES THIS REFERENCE .
Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, said the education funding isn’t
necessarily holding up budget negotiations. He said he doesn’t trust a
proposal that would ask all municipalities to contribute to teacher
retirement costs for the first time. 'We don’t trust the state to not
increase that amount...'"
S P E C I A L S E S S I O N H I A T U S - C T N E W S J U N K I E S
"...In the meantime, Malloy’s staff is continuing its efforts to get information about budget reserves from a number of municipalities. Malloy asked for information about the fiscal health of municipalities ..." HoHo - old but thoughtful paper..
CCM Speaks: https://ctviewpoints.org/2017/08/17/municipal-fund-balances-fall-far-short-of-needed-financial-buffer/
FYI - could Legislature intervene?
C.A.P.S. Superintendents - check Rep. Steinberg's quotes: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/school_officials_try_to_pressure_lawmakers_to_reach_a_budget_deal/
CT MIRROR does the math...although not completely or necessarily fairly, JMO.
And Weston Board of Finance (8-10-17) discusses this as well
From WestportNow 8-9-17: Marpe: Responding Cautiously to State Request for Budget Information
Selectman Jim Marpe said today Westport is responding cautiously to a
state request for town budget information for fear it may be part of an
effort to “picking our pockets” to help solve state budget woes...
Another reminder of why CT is going or is already broke: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-quinn-retirement-20170803-story.html
SEBAC DEBATE HERE
PLAY-BY-PLAY "beginning soon" - 1:21PM now - New music and new legislative details that do not work - JAZZ (8) AND CHAMBER/CLASSICAL MUSIC (5) RATIO IN MIX IN NEW SYSTEM...AWESOME!!!
Remember last week when the Senate had to re-vote during Veto Session?
We note that CT Senate is better able to plan because they have only 36 members. But the sound in the new system is "flakey" and I fear for having access to unfiltered play-by-play. Digital overlay on analog wiring maybe the problem?
"MEMBERS ARE IN CAUCUS" - thank you CT-N for the message - smart timing! So they fixed the new system of sound and internet connectivity in the Senate??? "LIVEU" means not working at 1:15pm?
we are sure we had nothing to do with fixing it (only reported to our
favorite online news bureau that this was what we saw) the fix was
made - a "KLUDGE" - by turning off the Legislative channel and only leaving
CT-N running - and it worked!!!
CALL TO ORDER, PLEDGE, PRAYER at 1:22pm; Special Session agenda #1
FIRST UP WAS TRIBAL COMPACT CHANGES
FYI - Sen. Cassano (l) absent. Is this significant? It was
reported to us by a source that he had a dentist appointment - this debate is like
pulling teeth. HJ301 = Tribal compact 27-8.
"NO" VOTES: Hwang,
Boucher, Frantz, Flexer, Bye, Markley, Kissel plus Guglielmo? Now
we are "standing at ease" while the Democrats try to find out where
Senator Cassano is??? 2:23pm still "standing at ease" and we
wonder what all this means???
SEBAC DEBATE AND VOTE FROM 2:23pm to 7:30pm
CT-N oops moment - by accident or on purpose? Here is a test: Which of the faces below is not in the Legislature?
As you can see, we were following with trepidation only doing
"snaps" so as not to contribute to losing the sound and picture or both.
A sharp eye might note Sen. Looney twice - the first time was to call
for reprimand for referring to "others in the building with union
connections" or something like that. One of the three "holdouts"
spoke in the middle of the debate "yes"
And everyone fell in line or did what was expected. Former
Governor Rowland was blamed by Sen. Duff. Sen. Fonfara thanked by
others for explaining things to them.
- Sen. Osten introduces the issue.
- Sen. Larsen. Sen. Frantz on opposite sides. Sen. Boucher.
- "THE ROLE IS TO DECIDE YES OR NO" Sen. Miner. We missed the Rhode Island moment to re-base.
- Pensions were big twenty years ago. Universal health care and unions the big thing for Sen. Bye. Adopt a budget "real soon" and first step to approve deal.
- Senator Boucher sticks it to national legislators who still keep their CT benefits.
- Sen. Winfield...a positive step "yes" - Sen. Gomes
says corporations obscene - robber barons back fight for $15.
Fairfield County is the villian. Anti union bills before the Labor
- Sen. Hwang
"kicking the can down the road" same old thing. Not equally shared
sacrifice. Continuum of blame game - new vision.
- Sen. Cassano has no problem voting yes. Sen. Slossberg yes. Sen. Leone yes.
- Sen. Logan - no -
doesn't think people "in this building in leadership" is unaffordable
and flawed. LOONEY calls out comment as out of order.
- Sen. Markely - no - 31% of budget is debt.
- Sen. Somers a no for sure! Insanity.
- Sen. Doyle - what do I do about chaos? He has to take a leap of faith to get together to reform systemic reforms. Yes.
- Sen. Hartley -
highest fixed costs in the country. SEBAC analysis. PEW
institute. How do we capture savings? References "Rowland
case" in part is prologue. This is not the solution, but just a
step. Looming fiscal
problems looming. How do we realistically do this? Systemic
reforms = yes. Shot term only (4). In statute - states'
ability to pay - definitive metric on independent look into revenue,
capital markets. Lt. Governor prepares to break another tie
- Sen. Duff - history of underfunded pensions...brings up Rowland and paints it has the problem.
- Sen. Fasano - if
you pass this deal you will have trapped yolurself - you will have to
raise taxes and cut municipal funding. You have to learn from
- Sen. Looney makes
the case of statistically reducing long term raise because of 2 year
delay or zero increase. COMPOUND INTEREST THEORY. Looney
very knowledgeable about health care. "Changing the arc."
Text below from CT MIRROR article 8-1-17; Sen. Doyle, Hartford rainbow (go directly to Fairfield County)
19-18 with Lt. Gov. breaking the tie. Press conference by both sides.
Still no biennial budget - perhaps because AG's opinion requested by Democrats left room for interpretation?
EMERGENCE ("SPECIAL") SESSION IN SENATE, THE MORE DELIBERATIVE BODY, MONDAY JULY 31ST
July 24 VETO SESSION for override of Gubernatorial veto of bills (2/3 vote necessary).
And there was also an Emergency ("Special") Session to vote
to approve union contracts negotiated by the Governor - in ONLY the
I was right - don't close the beaches and no pressure to agree on a budget.
We are being run by Executive Order - no
budget. Not in the Regular Session, not on any of the days
threatened as Special Session days, looking now to a vote on union
contract in the Senate July 31 (?) to clear the way for voting on a
biennial budget after/or if the Senate approves union contract. I
would hope that the Republican Budget will be offered in the Senate and
the Democrat Budget will be introduced in the House and then the games
begin; beware any IMPLEMENTER bill for RATS.
JMO - the Robert F. Wagner
approach to government seems to be taking hold here - i.e. If the
budget woes are put aside for the summer, when they have to be faced in
the Fall, maybe half of the problems will have been solved. But this
may not work. Why? Because unlike NYC problems,
Connecticut's have financial over-commitments to banks and credit rating
organizations...and the Capitol City is on the verge of going bankrupt.
S O Y O U T H O U G H
T I T W A S O V E R
J U N E 7 t h ?
A reporter asked him, and CT Governor says "parks and beaches will remain open" because fees pay for the service.
Our question is this: In the event that CT continues to be run
via Executive Order for one reason or another, may this not
continue? Perhaps closing by Labor Day (if that is before school
Q: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of a sun tan" an inalienable right? http://www.courant.com/nation-world/ct-chris-christie-new-jersey-beach-20170703-story.html
Three days with beaches closed and Maine gets a budget: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shutdowns-idUSKBN19O1U0
A #1: NJ
GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE ARE OF OPPOSITE PARTIES - BUT WAIT A MINUTE,
THIS MEANS CT DEMOCRATS CAN'T GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER...OR...
A #2: CLOSING BEACHES WAS THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANTED TO GET A BUDGET IN PLACE - OTHERWISE:
"...Illinois is in its third year without an enacted
budget. In Connecticut and Pennsylvania, lower-than-anticipated income
tax collections exacerbated budget gaps and led to disputes over how to
CTNEWSJUNKIE: Some CT unions have begun voting - last day
for their part is July 15th..."Connecticut is one of 11
states that started the 2018 fiscal year without a budget in place."
V E T O S E S S I O N I N B O T H H O U S E & S E N A T E . . . A N D T H E N
Floren prays for divine intervention in VETO SESSION; and she was
right to do that, as the House overrode the Governor's veto by the
shallowest of margins.
BACK IN SESSION FIRST (@1:45pm). Introductions and
announcements. Rules of Veto Session & Special Session...
142-0 nine missing.
Who's not there yet? More D missing than R.
201 - Rules of Reconvened Session
202 - Expenses
203 - Journals of reconvened session
HB6880 - reconsidered. PA - 170.
Generally, questions asked in order (l - r) of graphic portraits of
legislators. Not all who spoke are represented above.
Question on why elderly included instead of only low income. Bar set so
high it is impossible to get there. What if after moratorium is
over, they still don't meet the 10%. Puts onus on Towns and Cities to
prove they have met the 10% or just more affordable housing in five
years. Make honest attempts. Where does creation of a zone
or plan instead of housing itself come from? Where does predatory
lending/developers get involved??? Changing burden of proof.
Rep. Steinberg: Slices up (my phrase for tone of explanation) Governor's veto. If you truly believe
in affordable housing, this is a good bill. "Put up or shut
Rep. Arce asks for difference between various bills (his bill to keep
students in CT)? Rep. Kupchick says units exist and can be now
Rep. Candelaria asks which body will adopt the plan? Land Use will recommend to Selectmen/Council. Repercussions?
Rep. Staneski points out why to override.
Rep. Ferraro for override.
Rep. Miller: Incentive Housing Zone for T.O.D. near rail?
Areas on infrastructure, we think. Makes it easier to get
approval with less community strife.
101-47; 3 not voting - override passes.
SPECIAL SESSION - Labor Contract only discussed in the House.
201 passes party line (we are not sure what 201 is)
100 rules - adopted.
102 - Journal-adopted.
202 - union agreement...Rep. D'Agostino sells it...like a haberdasher.
Question politely pointing out
that he got hundreds of pages that morning; and other legislators
saying the same thing but politely with some simmering anger - "I got
71-74 appeal of decision of the chair does not pass to permit discussion of the biennial budget Republican budget.
More discussion of details.
Such as they had been provided with pathetic analysis from OFA.
Multiple votes. Several tries to get budget discussion included in the
union contract . The first vote "voice vote" was won by "NAY" but
Speaker called it as "YEA."
After getting a phone call, Speaker then put all other votes on the
machine after "NAY" continued to be louder than "YEA." How is
Weston ATBM like the legislature? Same reasoning - people are
afraid of retribution by, in Weston, teachers union?
Party Line voting only after that. Make that smoldering anger.
UNION CONTRACTS NEGOTIATED BY GOVERNOR APPROVED ON PARTY LINE VOTE
Amending contract to East Windsor casino - done.
S E N A T E V E T O O V E R R I D E
We concentrated on the House but kept an eye peeled on Senate all day...
Senate had to vote twice - because the board (make that the technology)
Cassano's vote was the last one for "yes" - in 24 to 12 vote - altho'
the clerk called out 24-11 and one abstention - I wonder who that was?
to confirm override.) Senate adjourned earlier than the House.
IF IT WANTED TO, THIS IS HOW CT COULD GET CONTROLOF ITS FINANCES BACK...
SPEAKER REMINDS DEMOCRATS WHO ARE THINKING OF STRAYING TO THE OTHER SIDE...*
Over the weekend, from coast to coast, statewide underwater news, the word sounds like this to Connecticut's Legislature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2aqvKY6zLc
upon the Senate bill that approved "bee inspections" the Speaker pipes
up that this was his version - having rejected the "'A' inspections"
proposed as too expensive and for the rich only, anyway.
THE TWO CONNECTICUTS - HARTFORD AND EVERYONE ELSE
AND YET AN IDEA THAT SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN FROM...MAYOR MARK, [R.].
ONE SOLUTION (L, ABOVE) & ITS STATISTICS (C) SEEM LIKE MORE MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/standard_and_poors_downgrades_hartford_bonds_to_junk_status/
Governor Malloy has aggressively critiqued House Republicans (r.), but guess what? His doesn't add up!
Governor plays "rope-a-dope" until union vote finished...House Republicans should be proud of their plan presentation! So here's the plan...*
We missed the presentation and or hand wringing
at The Lyceum. All shades of grey in Governor's budget - clear
black and white and clarity from...Minority Leader Rep. Klarides.
However, thanks to the Weston Legislators making themselves
available to the constituents of the 135th, 26th and 28th I was
to make sure I understood what the story was about legality of the
Governor's Budget proposal to shift the costs of teacher pensions to
municipalities. Mind you, everyone had made clear that this was
teacher retirement (for those who are wondering where Social Security
fits in - it doesn't, because from the very beginning the Teachers'
Union decided on higher wages as a trade-off from Social Security taxes
on those wages. Believing that the State of Connecticut would
provide for their retirement as had been pledged years ago.**
Teachers and administrators being "not dummies" through the years, made
sure to lobby their way out of any changes and now, when the amount is
so huge that it cannot be faced head on, the State, which does not have
the option of declaring bankruptcy, is attempting to pass the costs
(first 30%...) on to the 169 towns. Who are legally able to go
bankrupt. Although no one in their right mind wants to do that, we
think. We specifically asked Weston's 3 legislators if the State
of Connecticut could declare bankruptcy and not being lawyers, they
didn't give me lawyerly mumbo jumbo. Rep. Dunsby looked me right
in the eye and said maybe he could, but certainly his (the Governor's)
proposed budget wherein that cost shifting is proposed must be voted
upon by the Legislature.
And right now all four caucuses do not include the cost shift directly in their proposed versions of the biennial budget.
* = Parade of the horribles as
it is known in law school begins here: Since anything that costs
money appears in the up or down voting in a Special Session, the
Majority has to be sure it has the votes especially this year with
reduced margins. Towns get a choice - vote for the Governor's
budget or "mini-budget" or otherwise a)lose all your State of CT
funding for everything including even road construction projects (the
"pulling the wings off a fly approach" or b)take other emergency action equally unpleasant but not to their constituents.
** = OLR research report from 2006: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/rpt/2006-R-0547.htm
H O U S E M I N O R I T Y B U D G E T
We watched it live on CT-N Tuesday afternoon at 2pm - in
preparation for attending Legislative Wrap Up for the Long Session by
all three Weston Legislators.
How does the Republican House Budget differ from other tries at
this? The Governor has claimed that the four caucuses do not agree
with each other - and indeed, there are some differences. One
will be after the union deal is approved both Republican budgets will be
discounted because they both call for "give backs." We watched
the q&a of the Governor most recently done after his veto of the
loosened affordable housing bill approved by both houses of the
Rep. Ziobron and Rep. Davis:
Presented itemized budget. Single Deputy Commissioner
per agency. Lots of ideas borrowed from others' budgets and based
upon the Agencies' 10% reductions given to the Governor last year.
At the Legislative Wrap in Weston that very evening, Representative
Dunsby was asked to explain why the House Republicans chose to eliminate
Campaign Finance Reform funding - we had heard about this from another
legislator earlier in the day. Both Republican Senators pointed
out that the Senate Republican budget proposal had left in the
funding - either way, no one bothered to tells tales on S.E.E.C.'s
"deal" where the CT Dems had to pay more than $300,000 in a fine
concerning a State Senate seat from the eastern part of the State.
So any violations of the once ground-breaking tough rules of the C.E.P.
("Citizen's Election Program") can be watered down with enough money...or so it seems to us.
I M P L E M E N T E R ?
What do you think will reappear???
TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE IN THE EVENTUAL IMPLEMENER? http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/battle_over_millstone_nuclear_plant_rages_on/
INTERESTING COMMENTARY BY KEVIN SULLIVAN: http://ctbythenumbers.info/2017/07/08/perspective-beyond-the-land-of-unsteady-habits/
Summary: Taxation ain't what it used to be, from a collection
point of view. It takes creativity to squeeze $$ out of what
remains of corporations. So he's in favor of changing the tax
F I N A N C E R E V E N U E A N D B O N D I N G F O R U M
CT-N ONLINE FOR ALL TO WATCH AT THEIR LEISURE - WE WATCHED IT LIVE 2 1/2 hrs. on CT-N. - http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=14257
LUNCH BOX SCORES
Very worthwhile q&a and Mike really presented beautifully!!! And full 2015 report from Boston College here.
Rhode Island H.R. policy and Kansas experience as well as Detroit issues.
Rep. Petit asks my question ("why the choice of percentages returns?")
and Rep. Lavielle nails it too. Policy questions. And
guess what? When all is said and done it ended up with what we
always say - government decision-making makes it twice as expensive (or
difficult) to accomplish anything.
DECISIONS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Voting on the Biennial Budget, the Bond package and "THE IMPLEMENTER" to come...discussed in interview that explains why these matters cannot be addressed in a hurry.
Left to right: Governor, House Speaker, Senate Majority
Leader, House Minority Leader, Co-Presidents of the Senate. Lt.
Governor presides over the Senate.
What are Gov. Malloy's plans for running the State of CT in the absence of a budget?
Will the Legislature get a biennial budget they can agree to and
send it to the Governor in time to avoid throwing it into his
hands? Does the Governor really want this opportunity as a test of
his leadership skills?
Another source: https://ctmirror.org/2017/06/21/whose-plan-would-guide-ct-government-after-july-1/
And from this report:
Where is Weston on this scale? Well, divide the Grand List by
10,000 individuals (approx.)...$2,372,862,954 divided by 10,000 =
$237,286 per person (approx).
"...Fiscal capacity must be considered.
"When weighing potential reductions in funding, particularly in terms
of municipal aid, the state must consider the fiscal capacity of each
group, the governor said.
"For example, Malloy noted, some of Connecticut’s wealthiest
communities have taxable property assessed at an average of $770,00.00 per
person while some of its poorest are closer to $45,000 per person..."
This lawsuit has been going on since 1989. And then there is C.C.J.E.F.
ON COURT TV. CT MIRROR article: https://ctmirror.org/2017/06/16/judge-magnet-schools-cannot-be-made-more-segregated/
- June 13 did not happen, but Court was in Session on June 14 (which we
watched on CT-N) and now Friday! Perry Mason-style attorneys - will
they do the closing arguments? I was right - they did go toe to toe.
READ THE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH EXPLANATION OF HB7201 -
awaiting the Governor's signature. According to the C.G.A. website,
HB7201 passed in both House and Senate on the last day of the Session.
- Does this kill existing "magnet" programs around the State now operating? Observer to S.B.E. to be disappeared?
meld suits? Turn all magnet schools into Sheff schools? Thus making
the neat completion of State takeover of local schools?
happens if the State runs out the clock on the present agreement and
the Governor signs the 80-20 bill ("racial isolation" from 3-1 [white to
non-white] to 80-20 percent of school population in Hartford Schools)?
I've got an idea of where this might be heading. How about turning
all schools districts into "Regional" school systems?
- A link to some other activities of the Legislature on this subject - scroll down to C.C.J.E.F. items on this sub-page.
- Judge Berger makes the right decision, IMO. Others may and did differ: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-sheff-hearing-day3-20170616-story.html
"Let me finish" says brave Sen. Fasano to former Lt. of Corrections Officer-SEIU and State Senator, who is also First Selectman of the Town of Sprague.
Perhaps the stand-in for Speaker (the Speaker gets paid by AFSCME). Speaker's
stand-in is planning for state-wide "Potemkin Villages" or little
prisons for the elderly and a unionized aide. "Temporary Health Care Structures Zoning" a bill that passed in the waning hours of the 2017 Session. It began as a study: http://www.aboutweston.com/Budgetprocess%20newFY18.html#temp
How will the Governor run a state without enough income to support demands?: https://ctmirror.org/2017/06/13/budget-talks-testy-as-deadline-nears/
What ever became of Connecticut, the Land of Steady Habits? Now it is just "habits."
Our "habit" was spending more than we had, assuming
capital gains taxes from Greenwich would smooth things
So it is going to be the same old nonsense -
legislators have to vote "yes" or "no" on a 600 page laundry-list bill,
same on Bonding as well as the Biennial Budget - by June 30th.
MILLSTONE BILL, CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS N.E. CORNER IN "IMPLEMENTER"...CASINO IN BRIDGEPORT IDEA GOING TO COURT? LEGAL WEED? AND EVEN MORE THAT NEVER GOT CALLED...
Clear difference between what Democrats want and what Republicans want
and there doesn't seem to be room for compromise. However, will
eitherside or some hybrid plan get the needed votes?
And a lot more to do before the Special Session - we have to check the
68 bills that passed both House and Senater against the ones we thought
were important to land use...did any of our bills of interest even get a
SOUTHWESTERN CT...LIKE IN BRIDGEPORT
"'...That means MGM would be unable to build a casino in most Connecticut municipalities, except for the ones in the southwestern portion of the state nearest to New York...".
Appeals court upholds dismissal of MGM’s claim against 2015 law favoring tribes
By Brian Hallenbeck Day staff writer
Published June 21. 2017 1:32PM | Updated June 21. 2017 5:59PM
"...'If Governor Malloy signs into law the recently passed Senate Bill 957,
the hypothetical immediately becomes reality,' Clinton said..."