Opinion: The spending cap and the erosion of trust in state government

Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

For 23 years, Connecticut’s legislators have ignored the will of the voters by not fully implementing the state’s constitutional spending cap.

Because lawmakers have not defined certain terms set out in the constitutional amendment that was approved by voters in 1992, the state’s Attorney General George Jepsen said this week in a legal opinion that it is not binding.

That’s right — for more than two decades the legislature has refused to do its job and vote on the definitions for the spending cap, so they don’t have to follow it if they don’t want to.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.


2 responses to “Opinion: The spending cap and the erosion of trust in state government”

  1. Mike Lyons

    The spending cap amendment was a fraud from the get-go. No other state constitutional spending cap required the legislature to define its terms after it was adopted. This was simply a smoke-screen to protect the legislators who adopted the state income tax to hide behind when folks properly noted that spending and irresponsible behavior would skyrocket once the legislature got its hand in our pockets with the income tax.

  2. Ray J

    I saw a large increase last year. I wish i was ready to move to a sunnier more tax friendly climate. ( But not Texas like the Bushes )

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