HOW MANY MORE SPECIAL SESSIONS WILL THERE BE IN 2016?  JUST GUESSING, WE THINK TWO (2) - ONE DIRECTLY AFTER ELECTION DAY AND ONE MORE IN DECEMBER...

          
STARE DECISIS on death penalty makes Governor check his nose to see if it has grown further...Special Session June 2nd is about...???  Only bonding.

        


S P E C I A L   S E S S I O N   I N    P E R P E T U I T Y  ?    B O N D I N G    P R O J E C T S   H E L D    H O S T A G E    B Y    G O V E R N O R -   I S N ' T    T H A T   T H E    S A M E   T H I N G  ?

So you thought it was over???  Where does this fit in the budget just passed?
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/State-budget-complete-but-business-isn-t-7468744.php   
 






WAS IT TO SILENCE REQUESTS FOR HELP (ASSUMING THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AGREE)?
I wonder why the Democrats wanted to gather these groups together - they who compete for the same few grant/funding dollars available?








More red ink

Amistad repairs prove more expensive than expected
DAY
By Joe Wojtas 
Published June 06. 2016 4:34PM | Updated June 06. 2016 10:21PM

Mystic — Repairs to the schooner Amistad have turned out to be more expensive and time-consuming than originally predicted, according to the chairman of Discovering Amistad, the new nonprofit organization that owns the boat...story in full:
http://www.theday.com/local/20160606/amistad-repairs-prove-more-expensive-than-expected





P L A Y - B Y - P L A Y
SPECIAL SESSION SCHEDULED FOR 1PM JUNE SECOND.  No gavel yet, 2:20pm...gavel announced for 3pm - began a bit later...

JOKE TO KEEP YOU OCCUPIED WHILE WAITING:  How is the CT Special Session like gymnastics?  Ans.  A lot of contortions to make the budget balance.

No business yet by 3:45pm and lots of bipartisan comment re:  Speaker Sharkey, who is not running again.  M.O.R.E. Commission mentioned.  Symbolically, they can't even edit a video properly - maybe the guy who writes bills for the Governor moon-lights as video editor for the House Majority?

SB 503 Emergency Certified Bill
Senate bill (Bonding)


6571 amendment "First Five" - Bridgewater has to go to FR&B.  4:45pm vote by machine.  137 reps voting;  53 yes, 84 no.

Main motion debate. 

            
LINE ITEM VETO EMPLOYED
Criteria?  "Shovel ready?"  Who did it?  School construction in DAE now, not Education.  Vo-Ag?  Region 6.  ECS operating grant changes.  When will projects go forward?  And we note that contracts signed with construction companies might be delayed...
Unanimous.  Send to Governor...who signs it after line item vetoes on items to compensate for his assumed savings via "second chance" bail reform.

ADJOURNED 4:44pm








AND HE DID SUCCEED
Then there were these questions: 
Is this a power play?  As in the way to have special sessions in perpetuity at a reasonable cost to keep the lights on?
Is it the typical smoke and mirrors?  Yes, and what is more, watchdogs muzzled.
Furthermore, pain inflicted after posturing and lip-service.


In effort to break cycle, researchers seek to understand why ex-inmates re-offend
The DAY
Lindsay Boyle
June 10, 2016

Excellent story and links to data:  http://www.theday.com/article/20160611/NWS04/160619801

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CT MIRROR REPORT
And a second report:  http://ctmirror.org/2016/05/31/malloy-bows-to-legislature-narrows-second-chance-to-bail/
And a third report: http://ctmirror.org/2016/06/02/criminal-justice-reformer-questions-malloys-approach-to-bail/

CTNEWSJUNKIE REPORT






Considering that Implementer muzzles "fiscal watchdog" agencies' ability to report to the public, looks bad for CT - when will Moody's catch on to what's being done


With reportedly O.F.A. and OPM only doing one, joint report per year, how "transparent" is this?

“...The 2017 budget is built on misplaced spending priorities and phantom revenues. It relies on one-time revenue sources and fund sweeps, decimates funding to hospitals, substance abuse programs, and services for the sick and the disabled, and cuts local education and municipal aid when most towns and cities have already set their budgets.

 
“Constant revenue shortfalls this year showed clearly that the state can’t collect all the taxes it has imposed, both because people and businesses have left or because personal income has dipped, as low-wage jobs replace higher-wage jobs in our economy. Yet this budget relies on arbitrary assumptions that revenues will grow not only from lawsuits filed by the state Attorney General, car sales, real estate transfers, and fees, but also from more cigarette and alcohol sales and gambling. This budget is ripe for new deficits just around the corner..."  From comment by State Rep. 143rd.




The first time I heard about the State of Connecticut was in graduate school.  The topic:  "Boss" led government...leading to Constitutional change.
       
QUESTIONS:
Do you think ChaCha could do a better job?  CT heading for a fall in Fall?  "Land of Steady Habits" government ethics (an oxymoron if ever I heard one).




   

Read the article and do the math:
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/sharkey_says_its_up_to_malloy_to_make_his_case_on_second_chance_2.0/





D E M O C R A T  S    F O L D I N G   T H E I R    T E N T S ?   N O T    L I K E L Y .   R A T S    D E S E R T I N G    A    S I N K I N G    S H I P ?    W O O F !

                           
Get rid of Home Rule before November 8, as one "M.O.R.E." parting punishment to every small town in Connecticut?
GOVERNOR MALLOY IMMUNE TO POPULAR OPINION (c).  SPEAKER SHARKEY (l) NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.  (R) CHACHA SAYS "WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS."


House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey won’t seek re-election
CT MIRROR
By: Mark Pazniokas | May 15, 2016

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, who oversaw the difficult passage of a state budget Friday on a 74 to 70 vote, said Sunday he will not seek re-election this fall to a ninth term in the General Assembly.

Sharkey, 54, who had lined up votes for a relatively rare third term as speaker next year, confirmed what multiple sources had told The Mirror earlier: He was planning a formal announcement this week about stepping down at the end of his current two-year term...story in full:  http://ctmirror.org/2016/05/15/house-speaker-j-brendan-sharkey-wont-seek-re-election/