After ignoring them while ramming through his tax hikes/sweetheart union deal last budget, Governor Malloy now wants the Republicans to provide him the political cover he’ll need to pass more taxes. Good luck with that, Dannel – something has to give here, either in this budget ($375 million in the red) or next ($1 billion deficit already predicted, and growing). Those union contracts that were supposed to be reopened after 2010’s tax hike and never were? That sounds like a good place to start, if a Democrat governor is permitted to do so by his union bosses.
How about cutting spending? Well we have a $20 billion budget now, thanks to Democrat largess, half of which is spent by just three social services agencies: the Department of Social Services itself ($5.8 billion), Department of Education ($2.9 billion), and the Department of Developmental Services ($1 billion) which, by the way, provides services for the retarded and does not, as one might expect from its eponymous name, have anything to do with developing our state’s economy. Look for increases, not spending cuts in this half of the budget.
So what’s left? Plenty, to my eye, nothing but essential services to Democrats. They run the show and always will until Bill Gaston gives Fairfield County permission to secede.