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Posted inPolitics

Lauretti, Lembo score big in fundraising debuts

Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti of Shelton and Democratic Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo each raised about $145,000 in their first months as a candidate or exploratory candidate for governor in 2018, new highs for non-incumbents in the era of public financing in Connecticut. Democrat Chris Mattei, a former federal prosecutor seeking office for the first time, raised $118,343 in his first two-plus months as an exploratory candidate.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Arrogance, disdain and an unprecedented failure to lead

As the calendar turned from June to July last week, the legislature, controlled by Democrats, failed to accomplish the single most important job it had this session – drafting, negotiating, and calling the legislature back into session to debate, and eventually vote on a two-year state budget. Instead, the Democratic leadership ignored the zero-tax increase balanced budget prepared by the Republicans and chose to relinquish its duty to the governor, who now must run the state by executive order – a chilling proposition for towns, school districts, and core government services.

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Connecticut needs a new budget approach to achieve better outcomes

Let me start by stating the obvious:  Our state’s budget process is broken. We live in a time of perpetual fiscal stress, and have been unable to deal with structural issues that face the state.  Our existing budget framework is just not up to the job.   We need to scrap our balkanized budget process and adopt a new approach that sets top policy goals and funds them within available revenues.

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Helping the newest, neediest minority

The Society for the Welfare And Manumission of Plutocrats will provide succor and largess to a hitherto overlooked minority group in our midst: the well to do, the wealthy, and the filthy rich (the three main gradients on the International Richer Scale). At one percent of the American population (give or take, but mostly take), these poor people (figuratively speaking) need our help.

Posted inNews

Coast Guard strained by budget constraints

WASHINGTON — When the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan last month, resulting in the deaths of seven American sailors, the U.S. Coast Guard was dispatched to investigate the incident. That’s an example of the service’s widening mission, which has not been matched by an increase in personnel or resources, leaving its leaders to question whether they can fully accomplish their missions.