By deliberate duplicity from our Governor and sabotage of fiscal responsibility by municipal and state bureaucracies determined to protect their young. Case in point: Governor Rell pretends to order a hiring freeze, garnering accolades for her stern budgetary discipline. Result; 824 new employees hired since May.
The new hirings have come at a variety of state agencies at a cost of more than $14 million. And they don’t include hundreds of employees hired by the University of Connecticut, the UConn Health Center and the Judicial Branch, whose hiring and payroll are not overseen by Comptroller Nancy Wyman.
A spokesman for the governor notes that she doesn’t control judicial, legislative and higher education jobs. And Rell has allowed exceptions for jobs affecting public health and safety, and positions that save money in overtime and contracting costs.
Our former Governor Lowell foisted an income state on us by arguing that we could actually save money by having a reliable source of income to calculate our budget on. Proving that if you give a politician a dollar he’ll spend two our state payroll has more than doubled since that tax was enacted, while our population dropped. Now we’re returning to the estate tax which was abolished when the income tax came in, to fill some of the shortfall in our projected multi-billion dollar deficit.
What is so damn discouraging about this is that, just as is the case nationally, it makes no difference which political party is in charge. Republicans will spend a taxpayer’s money with the same gleeful disdain and contempt that a Democrat displays – the only difference is that a Republican, like Rell, will claim she is being careful while a Democrat just says you owe it to his friends. I’m beginning to feel an affectionate respect for the Democratic plunderers – at least, like the politicians of Boss Tweed’s day, they make no pretense at being what they aren’t.