My column

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I like Malloy. I find the struggles described herein more endearing than anything else.  Like several callers to the show on Friday, I would rather have Malloy and his rough edges than many a slicker pol.

But I wish for his sake that he could hit some of those other notes.

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6 thoughts on “My column

  1. Bill

    I had a chance for a quick chat with the governor recently and I suggested that he and Steven Colbert are virtual twins. But I doubt that he would ever go on the Colbert show.

  2. Marianne

    I’ve met him and talked with him. He seems to be one of the few authentic people in politics.* What you see is what you get. He works hard, and he believes in doing what is best for the greatest number.

    *Unlike, say, um….the Republican presidential nominee.

    Please vote on Tuesday.

  3. Richard

    When Malloy handles the Hazardous Duty Pension rackeeting and pension spiking corruption maybe then he deserves my respect.

    CT has the most lenient and expensive Hazardous Duty Pensions in the United States led by the Correction Workers Union who are rumored to have all the Democratic politicians in their pocket based on their illegal contributions a la Chris Donovan. It’s olf-fashioned Black Mail.

    A fine article from USAToday

    Thirty-one states have passed laws since 2000 that expand the range of workers who can retire when they turn 50 or 55 or after working 20 or 25 years, then collect special pensions that will pay some an extra $1 million or more in retirement. The pensions are enhanced because they are usually based on a higher percentage of a worker’s salary than pensions for ordinary state workers

    From the CGA: In CT hazardous Duty Pensions cost twice as much as regular pensions.

    A well-cited example: CT prison guards retiring with $65,000 pensions at age 44. These payoff agreements make the job subsidies for companies like ESPN or Cigna look like chicken feed in comparison–at least the $65,000 per-job kick is over with in one-year for job creation isntead of a 38-year retirement (based om longevity tables at age 44) plus Cadillac Medical Benefits and COLA increases.

    We spend at least 38X as much for future retirement as for presetn-day job creation?

    Figure out CT’s anemic private sector job growth sometime? Put it up for referendum. Jbb growth innsetives or retirement incentives? I forgot. We don’t use referendums. Referndums disempower the bought and sold poodles in the Gold Dome.

    I don’t believe in the use of private prisons or sending them to Virginia but it’s the only politically viable solution in CT to control costs. The bought and sold poodles at the Gold Dome won’t control costs. They won’t
    even bark but they do shake hands, beg, and accept doggie treats.

  4. peter brush

    I have low expectations for Connecticut governors. Work hard. Don’t steal.
    I do think Malloy works hard enough, and no evidence I’ve seen that he’s a crook. But, heck, he’s done nothing to rein in the State’s spending and promises to spend. Over in Central Falls, R.I. I bet the receiver is both diligent and honest.
    “A City with A Bright Future”

    Central Falls
    Office of the Receiver

    Contact :

    Receiver : John F. McJennett, III

    No Trash Pick 10/30/2012

    Central Falls Bankruptcy Plan, Disclosure Statement, and Confirmation

  5. peter brush

    The impoverished city, operating under a receiver for a year, has promised $80 million worth of retirement benefits to 214 police officers and firefighters, far more than it can afford. Those workers’ pension fund will probably run out of money in October, giving Central Falls the distinction of becoming the second municipality in the United States to exhaust its pension fund, after Prichard, Ala.

    “Time is running out,” warns Robert G. Flanders, the state-appointed receiver, who recently closed the public library and a community center to save money. He has no power to cancel the city’s contracts with workers, so instead he has begun approaching retired police officers and firefighters with what he describes as “the Big Ask”: will they voluntarily accept smaller benefits in the name of saving Central Falls?
    Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:07pm EDT
    (Reuters) – Mayor Charles Moreau of impoverished Central Falls, Rhode Island, resigned on Wednesday and agreed to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge.

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