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Opinion: The State Is Sick And This Law Is Not Making It Better

The Senate voted 18 to 17 Wednesday to pass the nation’s first state mandate on private employers to offer paid sick days. The measure has Gov. Dannel Malloys support as it goes to the House where it is expected to pass. This act by the General Assembly and the Governor is just another hostile move towards small businesses in Connecticut.

The law requires affected companies to give one hour of sick time for every 40 hours of work, up to a maximum of five days a year. It is effective Jan. 1.  It applies to dozens of specific types of service workers at companies with more than 50 employees.  Exempt are manufacturers, municipalities, and YMCAs.

Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, noted that benefit is required of a large restaurant, but not the school cafeteria where his children eat daily.

“It’s OK if our kids are served food from someone who is sick, but it’s not OK if someone goes into a restaurant?” McKinney said. ctmirror

In a perfect world all the arguments for this bill would make sense, but as anyone in the workplace that has sick days already know, it’s a free day off with pay. How many of us have used that privileged day for things other than illness? So under the guise of letting mommy stay home to care for her child or daddy to stay home as not to share his germs with fellow workers, the small business owner is being mandated to pay them whether that is the reason or not-it’s theirs to use.

Once again the fine print in these bills are never explained either. Why are manufacturers exempt? Why? What makes them different than the small business owner when it come to the argument of paying employees to stay home when they are sick? Ditto municipalities. Do theses employees have non contagious germs or something? This is deja vu where the healthcare reform was passed and mandated for the public but wasn’t good enough for Congress to be part of.

The course the State of Connecticut is on is one of ruin. Higher taxes which will suppress if not depress growth, a state Earned Income Credit (EIC), which on the federal level is the most abused tax policy in place and can be expected to become abused here as well,  and the counterproductive estate taxes for small business owners. In addition the Governor has implemented policies that have already been proven in other states and at the federal level has having been failures such as the Amazon Tax (virtually unenforceable as even acknowledged by Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan), and the luxury tax tried at the federal level back in 1991, which had such a devastating affect on those industries that it was eventually repealed.

It’s clear in my mind that the financial course the state is on is a recipe for disaster, and should come as no surprise when our neighboring states begin to see signs of recovery while we wallow in the stranglulation of regulations and higher taxes.


Malloy Vs Christie: A Tale Of Two Policies

The war of words has begun in earnest between Governor Dannel Malloy (D) Connecticut, and Governor Chris Christie (R) New Jersey on how best to tackle their respective states huge budget deficits.

Malloy charged a couple of weeks ago that Christies approach would undermine the bond market for investors and added “Hopefully I take a slightly more intellectual approach to this discussion than Governor Christie has demonstrated…” BAM!

Christie responded with a thumbs down to Malloys tax increases, and promised he’ll be “waiting for Connecticut jobs at the border.” WHAM!

MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show provided some lively exchanges from both the host and Malloy.  From CT Mirror

Feb 23, 2011 9:52am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy mixed it up with Joe Scarborough a bit today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” accusing the show of demonizing unions and letting off governors and legislatures who let their states’ finances deteriorate.

“We weren’t demonizing unions here,” Scarborough said, getting prickly read more


Commentary: Malloy Should Take A Cue From Gov. Christie

With a budget deficit of $3.5 billion looming when Gov-Elect Dan Malloy takes office, he  may not be able to  fill New Jersey’s governor  Chris Christe’s pants, but he should try to fill his shoes. Christie has taken the reins of New Jerseys budget and made the painful cuts in spending that while not popular, are neccessary.

Malloy knows he can’t raise taxes enough to cover the shortfall and the leadership decisions will be made in the cuts he must make in spending. This will include cutting social services and reining in excessive union costs both which will require some deft negociations on Malloys part, mainly because he won over the union endoresements and vowed on the campaign trail to not “shred the safety net”. However, given the realities of a $3.5 billion shortfall, it’s hard to imagine Malloy will not have to address those areas.

Malloy will have to decide on a course of action to take from the get go. He may do well to emulate gov Christies meat axe approach early on. The plus for doing so early on will be that the people of Connecticut will have had time to acclimate themselves to the cuts by the next election cycle. If the cuts result in a rosier financial picture in 2014 then Malloy will be seen as a leader who did what a leader needed to do. If he piecemeals it I’m afraid he won’t be as effective in getting control as he has to. So Dan Malloy, here’s my advice. Take that well intentioned mindset to get spending under control and make the decisions that are in the best interest of the State of Connecticut. Gov. Chris Christie is paving the way for you.


UPDATE: Malloy Declared Winner!!!

CT Mirror

From Ct Post


No Clam Jam Rowdiness At Fairfield University Debate

Things were relatively civil in Tuesdays debate between gubernatorial candidates Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley in their third of four debates at Fairfield University.  The candidates sparred over issues such as health care costs, jobs, taxes, and the continued charges accusing one another of not telling the truth and spreading inaccuracies about each other.

From The Connecticut Mirror:

FAIRFIELD–It took an introduction by a Jesuit priest, but Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley dialed back the zingers Tuesday in the third of their four televised debates in the race for governor.

Moderator John Dankosky of WNPR only had to interrupt once when Malloy and Foley briefly reverted to the hostilities all-too-evident in their previous encounters, sharply silencing them when an opportunity to question each other quickly devolved into cross-talk over Malloy’s characterization of Foley’s position on health-care mandates.

The two major-party candidates – Independent Tom Marsh was excluded, as was the case in previous televised forums – agreed on Connecticut’s need to change direction in economic development, health care, education and transportation. Read full article.


Commentary: Jobs,Jobs,Jobs

The State of Connecticut ranks 48th in terms of square miles (5,544) in the nation, but despite its size it was once a powerhouse of productivity. Cities like Bridgeport, Waterbury, and New Haven were manufacturing hubs of epic proportions. A good portion of the state was littered with farms, and the defense industry played a big part in maintaining and supplying our military. If you lost your job at one of the factories you simply walked across the street and got another one by lunchtime.

Somewhere in the late 60’s early 70’s the landscape of business began to change. Manufacturing left to relocate down South or out of the country, rapid building growth squeezed out farms as they became developments, and the cutback and consolidation of military installations impacted our defense plants. These jobs that were gradually lost were never coming back as we entered the world of high technology and biotech.

So the question to me was always…Where’s Plan B? Certainly after 35-40 years of decline, someone in Hartford must have addressed the situation and the need to replace those jobs. Apparently not. Oh we’ve had pockets of replacements, the migration of corporate headquarters to Lower Fairfield County, casinos in the Eastern part of the state, but where is the investment of new industry in Connecticut?

The candidates running for Governor will need to focus on one issue to get the state back on track: jobs, jobs, jobs! The new Governor will have to convince the legislature to reform and change the anti business climate that exists in the state including taxes, regulations, insurance and energy costs. If the next Governor can achieve that, then all of the other issues facing Connecticut will fall in line.

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