House Republican leader Larry Cafero is charging that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is “cooking the books” by projecting a lower state budget deficit heading into the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Cafero criticized an accounting change by the governor’s budget office, which he said “artificially slashed $500 million of the expected budget deficit” for the first fiscal year after the November 2014 election.
As a result, the legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal office is projecting a deficit of $1.1 billion for the 2016 fiscal year, while the Malloy administration says the deficit will be about $515 million.
“Cooking the books to get beyond the next gubernatorial election is not going to solve the problem,” Cafero said. “Connecticut continues to head down the wrong fiscal path. The next governor, whoever that is, will be once again facing fiscal chaos, despite assurances made by Governor Malloy.”
Cafero added, “The fiscal policies have been failures, from the so-called shared sacrifices, the SEBAC union deal that saved no money, massive borrowing and the largest tax increases in state history.”
But Malloy’s budget director, Ben Barnes, says that the projected deficits in the “out years” are lower than some projections have been in the past.
Regarding Republican criticisms, Barnes said, “This is a well-worn page in their cynical propaganda manual. The reality is that the budget is in balance today, with a strong surplus projected for the end of the year. It will be balanced next year, with no new taxes.”
File this under “how Congress works.”
The Office of Management and Budget is reporting the cost of paying the salaries of federal workers who were sent home because of the government shutdown is more than $2 billion. Some savings.
Voters do not like what extremists in your party are doing in Washington.
A new Quinnipiac Poll of voters in Virginia finds a split over Obamacare, but not about what’s happening in Congress:
Virginia likely voters are divided 49 – 47 percent on whether they support Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.
Voters oppose 71 – 24 percent shutting down the federal government to block the health care law. Opposition is 98 – 1 percent among Democrats and 70 – 25 percent among independent voters, while Republicans are divided with 48 percent supporting the shutdown and 45 percent opposed.
Officials were outraged Tuesday that the partial government shutdown has prompted the national veterans administration to furlough 7,000 workers.
As a result, benefits such as vocational and educational counseling, outreach activities and upgrading an electronic benefits management system will be suspended until the federal shutdown ends.
At the same time, veterans are still receiving their pension, employment, and other benefits, but U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is concerned that money might dry up if the shutdown continues through the end of the month.
“This self-inflicted, unnecessary shutdown is causing real harm to real people, including countless veterans who risked their lives in service to our country,’’ Blumenthal said in a statement. “In continuing this reckless shutdown, the House GOP is turning its back on brave men and women who have already been subjected to unconscionable delays in receiving critical, hard-earned benefits. This important work should be expedited and prioritized, not held hostage or used as a bargaining chip in disingenuous piecemeal proposals. I am calling on Speaker of the House John Boehner to let the House vote on a clean continuing resolution and to reopen the entire government immediately.” Continue reading
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is pulling away in the Virginia governor’s race because he’s promising to work with Republicans and Democrats. Six out of 10 Viriginia voters oppose the federal shutdown.
Please post if you can explain this.
The radio host has a worth-reading blog post about what his party is doing in Washington:
This will end as a lose-lose for the Republicans in Congress, at some point they will vote to reopen government, the conservatives across the country will be mad they gave in, Obamacare will be untouched, there will be some permanent scars and hard feelings within the Republicans in the Congress and they will get blamed for government disruption. A lot of us may be glad this all happened , but I never understood the long term strategy for Republicans, bottom line… I don’t think we can change the minds of these folks in Congress time for all of them to go….we need term limits now more than ever!!
This Texas Congressman thinks it’s the fault of the National Park Service.
The Boston Globe looks at what the shutdown means for folks looking for experimental life-saving drug treatments:
A Cape Cod man’s last-chance treatment for cancer has been postponed by the government shutdown because new clinical trials cannot begin until they are registered on a federal website, which has been forced to stop processing applications.
In a report released this week, the federal Department of Health and Human Service’s inspector general has found numerous health and safety problems at home day care providers in the state.
Federal inspectors visited locations in Waterbury, New Britain, Hartford, East Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Windsor and Windsor Locks.
“We determined that all 20 of the provides that we reviewed did not comply with 1 or more state licensing requirements related to the health and safety of children,” Deputy Inspector General Gloria L. Jarmon wrote in a report released this week. “Two of the providers voluntarily surrendered their licenses after our review of their compliance with state licensing requirements.” Continue reading