Face the State

Can the State Fix the Budget Crisis?

The budget crisis is all everyone at the state capitol talks about these days, as lawmakers ponder tax increases and the governor layoffs. Will there be more cuts? A higher burden on taxpayers? What about new revenue streams like casinos, tolls or medical marijuana?

This Sunday on Face the State we were joined by the two leaders of the state senate, Democrat Martin Looney and Republican Len Fasano. I also asked them a question a viewer had asked me: if the state is broke, why are we paying for political campaigns? There has been some criticism of the public financing program. For example, how many campaigns for lieutenant governor has the state paid for in recent elections?

Watch Looney and Fasano’s take on it, right here:  http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13322378/lawmakers-weigh-in-on-budget-crisis

 

 

Also we were joined by Republican candidate for governor Joe Visconti, who calls himself the “Trump of Connecticut.” Visconti has a different approach to the state’s problems than some of there recent candidates who’ve sat at the Face the State desk.

Watch our Visconti interview here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13322395/former-town-councilman-seeks-run-for-governor

 

Finally, our flashback: Governor Bill O’Neill’s emotional announcement that he would not seek a third term, actually a fourth term, because his first few years in office were the end of Ella Grasso’s term, and he won two more terms after that. Our report from 1990 was filed by Jeff Cole.

Watch the flashback here:http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13322402/gov-made-surprise-announcement-in-1990

 

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  1. The great liberal FDR was quoted “All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public-personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people”.

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