News Junkie Opinion:  Democratic leaders finally sink their own ship

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is a columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Only the inept leaders of the majority party of the General Assembly could make a budget so bad that even Connecticut Democrats couldn’t support it.

The two-decade-long era of total Democratic dominance of the legislature came to a close Friday, when three Democratic state senators crossed party lines to vote for the Republican budget. And then, early Saturday morning, five Democrats crossed the line to pass the GOP budget in the House, 77-73.

It’s about time, and Democratic leaders have no one to blame but themselves.

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Donna Smirniotopoulos September 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

Sad to see state democrats hoist with their own petard. And for good reason. They couldn’t come up with a budget that addressed any of the underlying problems that led CT into a 5 billion dollar deficit.

I’m not sure the CEP is worth saving, by the way, though that line item has been singled out as a particular flaw in the GOP budget. Wealthy gubernatorial candidates like Ned Lamont and Tom Foley, can still self-fund if they don’t meet the 250k threshold in smaller contributions (5-100 dollars). And meeting the threshold in small donations isn’t easy. Why not amend the provisions of the CEP to put a cap on what candidates can contribute out of their own wallets if you really want to level the playing field?

Elona Vaisnys September 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm

CEP is REALLY worth saving. It’s for the non-wealthy and the not “well-connected” but civic minded candidates who are willing to raise the qualifying sum from individuals (no PACs, businesses, corporations) in no more than $100 per individual.
Currently, 100% of the state officers (Gov., Liet. Gov., Sec. of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General) and 89% of the state legislators (House and Senate) have chosen to run on CEP funding (comes from unclaimed property in the state, includes stocks, bonds, etc.) that they are given when they have raised the qualifying amount that shows that they are a viable candidate.
You don’t have can run on CEP funding. CEP is a voluntary program. You can raise money from anywhere in the U.S. and the sky is the limit.
If you run on CEP funding, you have to sign a _contract_ to run on CEP money—the same amount for all candidates for the same office. What more level playing field could you suggest?
CEP is really, really worth saving.

Elona Vaisnys September 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm

That should have been
“89% of the state legislators (House and Senate) have chosen to run on CEP funding.”

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