When it comes to the Connecticut State Budget it does not matter which party the Governor is a member of if, the majority in the General Assembly can override any budget veto. What really matters is the financial views and the political courage of the elected members of the General Assembly.
Unfortunately for two long under both Republican and Democratic Governors we have had too many members of the legislature that were either ignorant of economic reality or woefully short of character and courage to act responsibly. Instead of dealing with a budget under generally accepted accounting practices they have turned to gimmickry with smoke and mirrors. They have kicked the can of responsibility down the path to our future and they have gotten away with it.
The people have been placated, with words of assurance as the financial foundation of our State has eroded and with it our employment opportunities. The spinning of numbers and facts has confused and confounded the average voter into a false sense of security.
Today State officials tell us the job market is improving. Should we believe it? History is a great teacher. In the past they told us the budgets were balanced while all the while the budgets were wrought with gimmicks and reflected more a fictional best seller than a truly accountable budget.
It is a fact that the unemployment rate in Connecticut has come down BUT and that is a big but, but it is not the end of the factual story. There needs to be a more complete disclosure of facts so that we understand the real situation.
According to Connecticut labor statistics from March of 2011 through April 2013 the number of people working has continually decreased with Connecticut losing over 36,000 jobs. There are now 67,700 less people working or looking for work than there were in May of 2010. Some people have just given up looking for work, some have left the state, and some have retired without their positions being filled.
Lower unemployment should mean more employment opportunities but that is not always the case. When you employ the smoke and mirror lessons of budgeting to unemployment numbers you hiding lost opportunities and denying reality.
Doing business the same way we have done in the past and expecting different results is lunacy. Kicking the can of responsibility forward will only continue to lessen opportunities and bring us closer to financial hardship. It is time to make a change in the political balance of the General Assembly.
Being elected to the General Assembly is a government job but fooling the people should never be part of the job description. It is time for a major change in Connecticut. It is time to remove the agents of trickery, deception and gimmicks from office.
It is time that Connecticut voters elected a legislature that more closely reflects the diverse opinions of our State. A legislature constituted with a diversity of opinion that would provide for more open discussion, compromise and checks and balances.