Opinion: Here’s one easy budget cut: Abolish the lieutenant governor’s office

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.comand is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

Few things are certain in life, or so the saying goes, beyond death and taxes. But I’ve found another truism you can take to the bank. The office of the lieutenant governor should be dismantled, abolished, and dispatched by voters to where it belongs: in the dustbin of Connecticut’s sordid political history.

There, I said it. I can think of a dozen different ways to spend the annual budget of the LG’s office, which as best I am able to tell, is roughly half a million dollarsand includes a car, a driver, and a small staff that does . . . well, it’s not exactly clear what they do.

The LG’s post is even worse than the vice presidency, which Franklin Roosevelt’s second-in-command, John Nance Garner, famously describedas “not worth a bucket of warm spit.”

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