Beginning last week and continuing through Monday, more than 40,000 unionized state workers are eligible to cast ballots on the tentative concessions deal reached on May 23 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. This cartoon illustrates how the voting works.
Four years after most state employee unions agreed to phase out controversial “longevity” payments, Connecticut’s state police have done so as well.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley expanded his effort Tuesday to reassure state employees, saying he would not use layoffs to help close a projected, $1.4 billion deficit in the budget.
To say Tom Foley is keeping his cards close when it comes to his plans to fix state finances might be an understatement. The Greenwich businessman and Republican gubernatorial contender’s positions on key income and business taxes and public-sector wages are guarded at best.
Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto doesn’t have any trouble standing out from the rest of the 2014 gubernatorial candidates. For Pelto, a $1.4 billion shortfall – more than four years after the last recession ended – typifies a broken fiscal system that threatens Connecticut’s schools, state workers’ pensions, and middle class families.