As far as I can understand it, the Hartford Democrats came up with the idea to force towns into regional zones, (discussed here last year) – the first step was claimed to be limited to transportation matters, but schools, “environment” hospitals etc. are all slated to be consolidated. The matter before the RTM was to give town approval to join a region – although the enabling statute says a region will only be created “upon approval of 60% of the towns affected”, apparently Malloy’s henchmen made it quite clear to Greenwich that if they didn’t pick a region Malloy would do it for us.
So, no choice, or so they say, but where were our “leaders” and why weren’t they screaming to high heaven about this? Politicians of both parties don’t dream of private jobs, they dream of government jobs and the patronage power that comes with them. Connecticut got rid of its county governments long ago, while Westchester has built an entire layer of bureaucracy atop local government, with tens of thousands of extra government jobs to be passed around and paid for. Our own pols have coveted that set-up since at least Lowell Weiker’s day and last year, they finally got it started. Monday, they took the next step.
And Greenwich Republicans bent over and took it meekly.