HARTFORD, CT — Vermont became the ninth state Monday to legalize recreational marijuana and the first to do it through the legislative process. The eight other states where it’s legal approved it through a referendum.
January 23, 2018
January 22, 2018
HARTFORD, CT — Will Connecticut join other “blue” states in considering legal action against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Republicans in late 2017?
January 12, 2018
When it comes to leaving Connecticut, there’s data and then there’s data. Since we live in a place that is obviously in some stage of decline, we’ve all suspected that people are moving out of the state in droves, even as census numbers suggested we were pretty much holding our own until a few years ago.
But now we have a different set of numbers that, while unscientific, nonetheless show what many of us have suspected for years: there aren’t many people who want to move here.
January 4, 2018
It’s going to be another wild one, what with an open-seat governor’s race, the ongoing scary-clown circus of Washington, a sure-to-be contentious legislative session, even more financial free-fall, and and the midterm elections all coming up. You’re ready, right?
Well, I’m ready. And to prove it, here are some of the ways I think it’s all going to turn out.
HARTFORD, CT — When the General Assembly passed the new two-year budget in October and then tried to fix it in November, they apparently left three communities holding the bag, so to speak.
Specifically, the legislature failed to modify language that shortchanged Bridgeport, Hamden, and Torrington with respect to reimbursements for local car taxes.
January 2, 2018
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut lawmakers are trying to find the silver lining in the tax package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump before Christmas.
But will it impact January revenue estimates?
December 23, 2017
December 22, 2017
Republicans in Connecticut have long perfected the art of holding two contradictory thoughts in their minds at once: they are Republicans, but they are also not Republicans, if you know what I mean.
It’s a convenient way of thinking, and it serves them well. Maybe it serves all of us well. Here are all these folks, these friends and neighbors, these decent and kind people, whose political party both is and isn’t the monster down in D.C. enabling a dangerous loose cannon of a president as he — and they — gleefully undermine small-d democratic norms.
These are the “words of year,” each reflecting the “ethos, mood, or preoccupations” of 2017. At this time last year, I predicted post-accountability would take the title. So I was wrong. But go ahead — tell me we didn’t live in world where a truth was a lie, a lie was truth, and people didn’t care either way. In short, post-accountability.
December 20, 2017
DC NEWS JUNKIE | White House Cheers Passage of Tax Bill; Connecticut Delegation United in Opposition
President Donald Trump celebrated passage of a $1.5 trillion tax bill that cleared Congress on Wednesday afternoon without a single Democrat in support.
“I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas. With final passage of this legislation, that is exactly what they are getting,” Trump said in a statement after the House voted 224-201 to pass the bill that would overhaul federal tax policy for the first time in decades. The Senate voted, 51-48, early Wednesday morning for it.