Running an election campaign costs money. The people running for political office always want more money because they equate spending it with improving their chances of winning. Someone is going to be paying for the cost of elections; and while it may not seem it, we in the public have an incredible interest in being the people who do.
For progressives to be successful, we need people to trust government. In 2014 Gov. Malloy ran on the firm pledge that he would not raise taxes. That pledge has been broken. And it was broken in the context of some nimble maneuvering to circumvent the spending cap. … To make government work better we have to keep faith with the people and to do that we have to be better about keeping our word.
This week’s debate over Gov. Dannel Malloy’s plan to reform an outdated drug law with clear racial implications shines a spotlight on discouraging dysfunction within the Connecticut General Assembly. What is surprising, and a bit embarrassing, is the ease with which our legislators apparently can be intimidated from doing the right thing — and their willingness to admit it.
The quiet death in committee of the so-called aid-in-dying bill is another instance of legislator’s ducking their responsibility to vote on and make their positions known on controversial issues. The “Too Difficult” sign is simply constraining our policy choices, locking us in a system that is not working.