This ran in Sunday\’s Courant. Mayor DeStefano appears to be saying publicly what many Democratic municipal leaders feel:
A BUDGET BALANCED IN WONDERLAND
By John DeStefano Jr.
\”Why, sometimes I\’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.\” — Lewis Carroll, \”Alice in Wonderland.\”
So here are the six impossible things to believe about Connecticut\’s proposed state budget.
First, believe that this isn\’t the state balancing its budget by raising city and town property taxes.
Second, believe that eliminating the funding for the payments in lieu of taxes on state property is good for our cities, where most of the state\’s jobs and buildings are located.
Third, believe the shell game of funding in the budget will really support desperately needed school reform in our state.
Fourth, believe that the car tax is going to just — \”poof\” — disappear.
Fifth, believe that someone in state government even thought to talk with your mayor or first selectman about any of this.
And finally, believe that there is a plan here to grow jobs in our dismal Connecticut economic landscape.
As is written in \”Alice in Wonderland,\” \”You would have to be half mad to dream me up.\” Dream on, Nutmeggers.