Or, in Governor Dannel Malloy’s case, announce a travel ban to North Carolina for all state employees to “protect them” from that state’s refusal to let men use women’s bathrooms.
Just 2 days ago, the current $200 million budget deficit was papered over with debt and illusory layoffs of state employees, and the legislature and Malloy said they were turning their attention to the next disaster, the looming $900 million deficit that’s coming in July.
The governors and legislators congratulated themselves earlier Wednesday on a bipartisan $220 million fix for the current budget shortfall. Then they confronted the $900 million deficit — necessitating “hundreds of millions of dollars” in savings from state layoffs — in the spending package that’s effective July 1.
While Tuesday budget cuts were painful, those for the next fiscal year will be “four times” as bad, Senate President Martin Looney said.
Looney and Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said the new budget would not include tax increases.
“There are always going to be individuals who think that’s a solution,” Sharkey said. “I don’t.”
(I’ve booked marked this pledge of no new taxes so we’ll have it handy for easy reference when the first new taxes arrive)
Anyway, back to the lead story. Faced with all that, our government fool did not turn his attention to the next budget, he busied himself with an issue that (a) doesn’t exist and (b) no one in the state, with the exception of four he/she/its in Danbury Prison and the most liberal of Malloy’s base, cares about.
HARTFORD – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered a ban on state employee travel to North Carolina, citing that southern state’s recent attempt to overturn rights to public accommodations for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals.
“When we see discrimination and injustice, we have to act. This law is not just wrong, it poses a public safety risk to Connecticut residents traveling through North Carolina. That’s why I have signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to the state. This law endangers the welfare not just of North Carolina’s citizens, but of all people visiting that state,”
Barring men in skirts from little girl’s bathrooms endangers whose welfare, exactly? Is Dannel worried that a Connecticut pederast with loving on his mind might lose his grip on his lower self if deprived of the opportunity?
The beclowning of our state continues.