470 page “supplemental” budget crammed through at the last minute. This isn’t the real budget, mind you, that was passed a few weeks ago, this is the pork barrel tail: every scrap and tidbit of special favors that couldn’t stand the sunlight, reserved until this evening so it could be swept through by Democrats (all Republicans voting nay, as though that mattered). “You’ll have to pass it to know what’s in it”, the ghost of Nancy Pelosi explained. But the Democrats don’t want to know what’s in it, so that’s the end of that.
But here’s one bit that did escape from under the covers: No more public disclosure of government handouts to private businesses and cities’ “development” projects. “This benefits every politician”, Dannel “Governor Transparency” Malloy explained, “because when these deals go to shit, all sorts of people are going to be looking for someone to blame. This way, they won’t know what money was spent, where it was spent, who got it and who gave it. Even a Republican can appreciate this one.”