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The week after a Connecticut legislative session ends is typically pretty slow on political news, but the politicians always have time for a few ceremonial signings and press conferences to keep things stirred up. In Washington, D.C., stirred up is the daily normal – in this case on both national and international fronts.
Former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller threw another log on the impeachment fire last week, while Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont struck a budget deal.
As if it were possible, relations between President Donald Trump and Democrats worsened last week when Trump angrily announced he would no longer work with them on infrastructure improvements or other projects until they drop their multiple investigations of his conduct. At the State Capitol, there is little rancor and even some bipartisan agreement.
Does one good "witch hunt" deserve another? Veteran prosecutor and U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham has been assigned to, in President Donald Trump’s parlance, “investigate the investigators” who initiated the investigation into Russian involvement with the 2016 elections – an inquiry Trump has always called a “witchhunt.”
The battle between President Donald Trump and several Congressional committees intensified last week when Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee voted to hold U.S. Attorney General William Barr in contempt and the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. At the Connecticut Capitol, debate intensified over highway tolls; a radical new tax scheme and; in a marathon session, approval of the $15 minimum wage.
How much money do you think is okay to borrow from your children to pay for your retirement? Gov. Ned Lamont and the Democratically controlled Connecticut state legislature have decided $27 billion is an acceptable bill to hand to our children – that is billion with a “B.”
When the General Assembly returns for a special session to complete its unfinished business, lawmakers should also consider correcting a major mistake from this recently completed regular session. Specifically, the legislature should undo the Freedom of Information exemption they gifted Dalio Philanthropies in exchange for a $100 million donation for public education.
He’s a shameless name-caller. If he were an actual third grader, rather than simply acting like one, he’d be in the principal’s office.
He comforts our enemies and afflicts our allies. He can act presidential for about half of a standard coffee break. He takes credit for everything and accepts blame for nothing.
The state legislature very recently approved a new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which will allow covered employees to take paid leave for up to 12 weeks. This leave will be paid by the state within certain set limits and, in exchange, employees will have to pay an additional 0.5 percent in payroll taxes. Much ink has already been spilled debating the merits of this new law. Suffice to say that some people are generally happy while others are generally unhappy. One small group of employees is particularly happy, though, and it deserves special mention.
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