Archive for July 5th, 2011

July 5th, 2011

State Delegation Waiting in the Wings on Debt Talks

by LonSeidman

By Deirdre Shesgreen

CTMirror – Freshman Sen. Richard Blumenthal concedes he’s not the “linchpin” to resolving the partisan standoff between Congressional Republicans and the White House over raising the debt ceiling.

Nonetheless, Blumenthal said he’s happy to clear his schedule of Connecticut meetings and events next week to stay in Washington, as the Senate cancelled its week-long 4th of July recess to double-down on the debt talks.

Like most other rank-and-file lawmakers, Connecticut’s congressional delegation… Continue reading at CTMirror.com

July 5th, 2011

Public Hearing Tonight on Legislative Districts

by LonSeidman

Waterbury has five state representatives. The 73rd extends from Bucks Hill to Bunker Hill, but the 72nd wraps around it


What do you think of the picture to the side? Does it look like a child scrawled lines this way and that in a random fashion? Or do you think it is a fair representation of how Connecticut should be represented in Congress?

Because of the 2010 Census, the lines of Connecticut’s 5 Congressional, 36 State Senatorial, and 151 State Legislative districts are at stake.

Congressional Districts

Connecticut's five Congressional Districts could become a pretty good jigsaw puzzle, particularly near the center

Tonight you can give your opinion at Waterbury City Hall at 7 pm in a public hearing which will include an equally bipartisan group of legislators will draw the fate of Connecticut politics for the next decade. According to the Constitution, re apportionment must be undertaken by the states to ensure fair and equal representation in Congress. A similar obligation exists under the State Constitution for state offices. The result of what ‘fair’ is, however… has been disputed for over 200 years. Generally it means that a roughly equal number of citizens are represented by any one legislator. In Connecticut, they’ve come pretty close, with no district being represented by more than 3 people more than any other.

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July 5th, 2011

Shared Sacrifice? Try Unfair Sacrifice

by LonSeidman

Rep. Rob SampsonBy Rob Sampson

Many of you know that I sought public office because I was concerned about the direction in which our state and national government are headed—both continue to grow, compounding the burden faced by taxpayers who just can’t afford it.

Here’s one thing I learned on the campaign trail: In my opinion, an alarming number of residents pay little attention to what happens in the state legislature—the branch of government that, arguably, has the greatest impact on our lives.

I believe that’s about to change because Connecticut residents now live under a new reality, one that will have us not only pay more in taxes, but more for the goods and services that are integral to our daily lives. The two-year budget approved by Gov. Dannel Malloy and legislative Democrats took effect last week, bringing with it the biggest tax increase in state history: a staggering $1.8 billion in hikes and new levies.

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July 5th, 2011

Town Council Adopts Summer Schedule

by LonSeidman

There will be no Town Council meeting tonight.

At its last meeting, the Council adopted an abbreviated summer schedule for July and August. Usually demand for action from the Council decreases during the summer while Council members are often more frequently absent to take personal vacations. “I think we underestimated our need last year, though,” Council Chairman Michael Santagotta told his colleagues last week as the schedule was proposed. “But we could always call for a special meeting if the need arises.”

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