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Left powerless again, we need an ongoing plan to bury power lines

The cost of delivering electricity is exorbitant and increasingly unreliable in Connecticut. On August 4 Tropical Storm Isaias arrived here, leaving over 800,000 customers powerless for ten days. Utilities’ failure to respond, poor planning and lack of information to customers and municipalities, and crews standing idle without direction, enraged ratepayers.

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Returning to normal

How will consumers and companies react when restrictions are lifted? How fast will demand for goods and services return? Will they take a cautious wait-and-see approach or jump right back in? When will they feel like going to a movie, attending a concert or booking a flight? Their response will affect the speed at which our economy will recover.

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Happy Birthday America!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness… …This 4th of July, we reflect on the strength of America– its people. My story is like millions of others. I was born on a small farm in Italy. My brother and I were supervised by a sheep dog as we played alone while the adults tended the fields dreaming of a better life in America.

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Tolls: The grassroots opposition is winning — for a reason

Democratic leaders were convinced they would finally bring tolls to Connecticut. They staked their reputation on it.  After all, they have total control of the process and the votes. The governor, the speaker of the house and president of the senate were certain that tolls would pass by June 5.  Yet, the end of the session came without passing the bill.

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Is Connecticut at a tipping point?

Taxes are a necessary evil. They are the cost of running our government.  However, raising taxes too much ultimately reduces the total value received.  Many economists believe the paradox that the more you tax, after a certain point, the less total revenue you collect, thus reaching a tipping point.  Legislators should consider “How many taxes are too many; have we reached a tipping point; when do more taxes create diminishing returns and result in lower total tax revenues? ”

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A toll is a tax — that we don’t need

Some observers wonder why people in Connecticut are making such a fuss over proposals to install tolls.  After all, most of us pass through tolls regularly.  They are part of everyday life in surrounding states, so what is the big deal? Why are protests popping up all over? The opposition has become so contentious that one state representative suggests that towns protesting tolls should be denied state transportation aid.

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Don’t mess with our kids’ education

Connecticut was once the envy of the country for its low costs (no state income tax), its top education and best quality of life. We have since lost our low-cost status and top leaders are now putting our educational system at risk.  There is growing outrage that Hartford could remove local control over Connecticut’s schools. Parents are swiftly mobilizing, organizing and taking action to send a strong message to legislators: Hands off our schools! Don’t mess with our kids’ education!”