SPECIAL SESSION DECEMBER 16, 17, 18 TO DO TOLLS, BONDING, HOSPITALS, RESTAURANT TIPS.  NEVER MIND.  "SINE DIE" MEANS 2020.


JOINT MEETING, AS REQUIRED, OF APPROPRIATION AND FINANCE, REVENUE & BONDING, DEC. 5, 2019
How it went:  Presentations by OFA and OPM first, F,R&B rules - presentations then legislators get 5 minutes each - Rep. Lavielle asks about results of union agreements.


    

       


Rather long F,R&B and Approps joint meeting Dec. 5th.   OFA starts off (we came in mid-stream - watching first part 2nd)


     
Greenwich 1st Selectman, also in Fairfield. 
Special Elections to be held for Rep. Kupchick seat and the late Rep. Orange's. for January 14, 2020, plus January 21st for Rep. Camillo's seat.



         
R.I. turkey stuck in traffic, misses confab (c);  American Trucking Assoc. v. Rhode Island news


SPECIAL SESSION IN JANUARY 2020?
So after the meeting at the Governor's Mansion in Hartford, the press conference that followed was more of the same:  CT MIRROR report here.
HERE'S THE GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION PLAN NOV. 2019...
The principle of "keep it simple stupid" works for this Plan.  The problem is...R.P.A. doesn't even like it: 

GOVERNOR & MINORITY LEADER
Lamont - yes to tolls on bridges - GOP has a plan.  Spend down surplus, pay off bonds.
    
LET'S GO CT BUT IN WHICH DIRECTION?  A BRIDGE TOO FAR?
Same # of gantries except not on Merritt P'k'way, Route 9 and Wilbur Cross says House...

    
BACK TO TWO SLICES:
https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Dems-to-Lamont-Scrap-cars-toll-trucks-14847014.php?src=posthpcp
 

THE PRESENTATION - AND GOVERNOR MADE GREAT POINT ON R.O.W.

   
DEMOCRAT SENATE CAUCUS NEWS FIRST SHOE TO DROP
Republicans looking for no-toll alternatives if the press can be believed...


GOVERNOR LEFT TO CALL FOR TOLLING 2019 SPECIAL SESSION?  RESTAURANT WORK MIDDLE-GROUND MAYBE?  "SINE DIE" WHEN?

Run up to Thanksgiving...
   
WESTON NOT PICKED FOR ELECTION AUDIT.  (C) STATE LIBRARIAN RETIRING;  (R) STATE LIBRARY BOARD CHAIR.




NOTE:  We noticed Rep. Currey at top right say this term as the House adjourned...Sen. Fasano explained what "sine die" means and why that had significance...





NOW THAT THE LEGISLATURE HAS REJECTED TOLLS ON PASSENGER CARS FOR SURE, WHAT'S NEXT?

https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-lamont-speaks-on-tolls-20191120-k6qtqktmqndnbnuc7lalrdjtlq-story.html#nws=true






CCM Exec. Director (l), Council of Small Towns' Exec. Director (c), and Sen. Osten (r).

"Transportation funding delay causing a ‘public safety issue’" - and we note, still no compromise...

“'...This is more than just politics,” said Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. 'It’s getting to be a public safety issue'...

"...Now fall tree-clearing season has arrived, and towns again are tapping their snow removal accounts — or the emergency reserves they’re supposed to be building against the next recession.  And no one knows how soon the first snowfall of the season will be,' said Elizabeth Gara, executive director of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.  'We’re hearing a lot of concerns from small towns,' she said. “'They’re going to be in a real difficult situation come any type of snowstorm or other weather incident.'

“'...Not getting a bond package done has put a lot of municipal projects in limbo,' Osten said, adding this not only has threatened winter snow removal efforts, but stalled many local economic development programs and weakened Connecticut’s construction industry..."

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Read Keith Pfaneuf's story originally in CT MIRROR in full:  https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Transportation-funding-delay-causing-a-public-14544535.php?src=sthpcp


 
    
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS DEPARTMENT MUSIC
We've been waiting for the "Special Session" on it ever since...the end of the Long Session in June 2019.






Now we know.
People who want to crack town on restaurant employee tips...are lousy tippers!!!  "Service compris"  here we come?



SPECIAL SESSION ON THE MENU...
JOINT LABOR & JUDICIARY COMMITTEES PUBLIC HEARING SETTING THE TABLE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH?


CTNEWSJUNKIE ARTICLE OCT. 9, 2019

"...The Department of Labor guidance said restaurant owners didn’t have to keep track of servers time if they only spent 20 percent of their time doing so-called “sidework” like filling ketchup bottles or rolling silverware.

"More than 15 class action lawsuits have been filed against various restaurant owners.

"Barry Jessurun, owner of Green Valley Hospitality, is one of the restaurant groups being sued by a server. He said they didn’t even know there were inconsistencies in the law until they were sued back in May.

“'We’re an important employer in our state,' Jessurun said. 'And something like this could be very devastating to our business to the point that we might have to close to pay the potential fines.

"Jessurun’s company operates several restaurants including the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret and 85 Main in Putnam. The class-action lawsuit filed by a server says that the restaurant didn’t keep track of the time a server spent waiting on customers and doing side work like filling ketchup bottles or rolling silverware so it should have paid its servers the full minimum wage. The server also says the restaurant made her share a portion of her tips with other employees."

Story in full here:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20191009_committees_ready_for_hearing_on_restaurant_legislation/







     

FIVE- G to strengthen urban corridors.
Discussion about technology.  To the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsored by Pullman Comley, LLC (Rep. Stafstrom).




  
Will GOP get a Special Session to change a couple of words in grocery tax affair?
We link to Hartford COURANT story on the same subject: 
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-food-tax-petition-session-20190918-oml6b36givbkvksaesfvludva4-story.html







CT PORT AUTHORITY STORY HERE
I think I get it - only Republicans care about transparency and the problem with quasi-publics. 




  
Special Session:  Bonding package from Majority Party will pass - will Governor veto it? 
https://ctmirror.org/2019/08/20/lamonts-family-fight-with-dems-over-borrowing-priorities/






   
PRIMED FOR SHORT SESSION
The answer to the question "why?" no action on PFAS in Long Session:  https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-pfas-pushback-20190812-rjycx53clfdohix73l72gqd3um-story.html











REMEMBER THE END OF THE 1000+pp NOVEL "GONE WITH THE WIND?" Of course, there is the issue of transportation (read that as "tolls")...and a bridge too far...clock is ticking on this?

NOTE:  "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" was the last line of the movie. 






"LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2019"
Governor just blue-skying an idea again:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/08/06/tribes-reject-lamonts-grand-bargain-on-gambling/

But seriously, folks...

We have to note for the record that we do not support, nor have we ever supported, gambling off-reservation.

Capitol News Briefing on Proposed Casino Expansion, Sports Betting and Other Gaming Issues in Connecticut 
Recorded On: 7/31/2019
PRESS CONFERENCE:  Sen. Osten outlines draft bill for a Special Session sooner rather than later, that includes:
Holistic approach:  http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16585








JULY 22, 2019 VETO SESSION - (We had to go out before any action and just returned...)


HOUSE "standing at ease" at 10:25am - we think having voted between then and 12 noon to approve holding the veto session 130-0.
SENATE "will convene shortly."   And now after noon, voting 21-0 to convene the veto session HJ204.

By 12 noon CT MIRROR had reported no override attempted in the House.  Quote from Minority Leader - "“I can yell and scream as much as I want, but that’s not going to change anything,' she said. 'Overriding a veto in one chamber is a moot point.'”
By 1pm, CTNEWSJUNKIE reported:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190722_veto_override_stalls/

Who will come back into Session first?  Senate.  And why are they still there since they aren't vetoing anything?  To pass school bonding.   And now lunch


THE MEANING OF SPECIAL
C.G.A. IS MORE LIKE BOUILLABAISSE.  No trout, no lobster nor salmon in the bouillabaisse recipe.
   
CONSENT CALENDAR RARE IN THE HOUSE, MAJORITY LEADER (C) SAYS
House voting on conveyances as one - Rep. Godfrey (r) in the Chair..  Rep. France (l) gives dates voted upon previously.


THEN A "SPECIAL SESSION" (THESE ARE ALLOWED TO RUN FOR 3 DAYS) SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ONLY ON THIS DAY, ADJOURNED, "SINE DIE" (translation - "whenever")




REP. MCCARTY MAKES THE CHANGE IN CONSTRUCTION GRANTS CLEAR (l)
Emergency certified bill on - SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION/SB1212.  93-35.  Lame excuse (r)

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IN THE SENATE, MEANWHILE...
Votes on conveyances, school construction bonding first....

Sen. McCrory says "neighborhood schools" although diverse, don't count.
“...'The diversity was only within one school in Greenwich so it didn’t do what we actually wanted it to do,' McCrory said.  'It was a loophole.'”
(The only one willing to question new "range" of grants Sen. Sampson [l])...

Go to lunch, then

WE KNOW HOW THIS ENDED, SINE DIE?
After lunch break, reconvened 2pm and then adjourned.  2:05pm.


TO BE DONE IN ANOTHER SPECIAL SESSION?
Will "servers" unionize?  We would venture to guess that this is a distinct possibility.

 
HOW LONG A WAIT FOR THIS SPECIAL SESSION?







WE SPOTTED THIS ON THE C.G.A. WEBSITE TODAY. JULY 21st
Because, according to the CTNEWSJUNKIE, this July 22 date is for a VETO SESSION and none were expected but three happened 
CT MIRROR reports it as the time for the "bond package approval" as well, so maybe it will be on???  Yes.  In a Special Session called after the Veto Session.

SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!   Governor Lamont vetoes three bills:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190712_lamont_vetoes_3_bills/



   

Well, now we know why the bipartisanship - Rep. Klarides authored the bill.
The hyper-partisan legislature never allowed it a Public Hearing.  Full story here: 
https://www.ctinsider.com/local/thehour/article/CT-restaurant-workers-who-claim-they-re-14108805.php?_ga=2.139537463.540815295.1563631557-2125611160.1555678345#photo-17265022

COURANT EYES ETHICS:  CAN YOU EXCLUDE THE PRESS FROM ANY EVENT IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE?

CT reaches 2nd deal in three years to refinance employees’ pension fund
Just hits the wires...

By CT MIRROR's Keith Pfaneuf

Moody's outlook now?










WHAT DID GOVERNOR LAMONT JUST SAY (7-15-19)?  BACK TO TWO SLICES?
 





Comptroller Kevin Lembo spot on!!!  Supported by Hartford COURANT editorial here
He notes that "Partnership for Connecticut" schools project begun by $100M donation.  Eventually requires an equal amount from the State of Connecticut's taxpayers as well as expecting yet another $100M of donations: .https://ctmirror.org/2019/07/12/lembo-urges-partnership-for-connecticut-to-follow-all-disclosure-ethics-rules/






IF THE SHOE FITS...BETTER THAN A CEMENT OVERCOAT???
Half way into the program Gov. Lamont speaks:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16500

REST STOPS RE-OPEN 24/7 BEGINNING MONDAY JULY FIRST







STATE BOND COMMISSION PLAY-BY-PLAY 6-26-19, 33 items.
        
TRANSPARENCY WITH ROSE COLORED GLASSES.  Some items approved...
 
Education network re: $$, housing commissioner - better than private sector?  Deputy Commissioner (OPM???);  CTDOT;  DMV Dep. Commissioner;  new D.E.E.P. Commissioner answers...
      
Is this one of the closed prisons we wonder?  So much for promises.
Senator Witkos asks specific question about this project of prison architect...and Rep. Davis grilled others (Dep. D.A.S).  We heard 2 Fire Training projects funded but not another



Rep. Davis asks the obvious question...after at press conference.
"So what happened to Governor/Lt. Gov pledge to establish fire training school in Naugatuck Valley?"






"CONGESTION PRICING" AS DESCRIBED BY FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION.
In Channel 12 report Saturday. this is their report:  "Lamont says no improvements are possible without at least some form of tolls."

   
PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES...TOLLS TO PAY FOR IMPROVEMENTS???
The argument for tolls:  "Feds will take over our spending priorities" if our infrastructure not on a road to improvement - via another lock box?

Press conferences:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16471







So which bill was it - the Water Plan - attached to?  Where does A.C.I.R. fit into sHB7192?  Former Speaker Sharkey, (M.O.R.E. Commission) scores. 





SHARING COST OF TEACHER PENSIONS TO RETURN?  HOW ABOUT TOLLS

So is House Speaker Joe planning to bail out before the Legislature does this?  PUNCH LINE OF GOVERNMENT WATCH:
 "...the provision in the now-dead bill would also have applied to other legislative and executive branch officials...it would not have been of any use to Aresimowicz...because the speaker has declared that he won’t seek re-election in 2020.






 
"Isn't this past July 1st and the new Fiscal Year?" Senate Minority Leader doubtful the Governor's plan is legal. 
Press conferences (l) Governor and OPM Sec'y as we heard it could be up to 60 days although elsewhere from 2 reliable sources it is reported 30-45 days to get union agreement from SEBAC board.






"FREEDOM FROM INFORMATION" THANKS TO 2019  C.G.A.  AND GOVERNOR?

Bipartisan?  Or actually an example of "non-partisanship?"
Rep. Candelora said it first, and we believe, Sen. Flexer was 2nd.  A 21st century version of the Trojan Horse story?

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/undo-the-dalio-funds-exemption-from-the-foi-act/

https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190612_op-ed_100m_makes_partnership_for_ct_a_functional_equivalent/






Minority Leader (R.) asks "Where's the $450,000,000 in savings?" 
Governor's office says Union negotiator (c) “expressed a willingness to jointly pursue,”  reworking of agreement.  And (l) by the way this commentary.