Thursday, February 08, 2007

Random thoughts...

Wednesday was certainly an interesting day - not to mention long day - at the Capitol as Gov. M. Jodi Rell once again came up with the surprise move - her plan to isignificantly ncrease state aid to education for cities and towns as a means of helping local communities take the burden off local property taxpayers.

It does come with a cost, however - an overall, across the board increase in the state income tax. Republican lawmakers are not pleased with that aspect - nor are the Democrats who would prefer to see a millionaire's tax adopted. (Millionaire, by the way, according to Democratic definitions, is anyone who earns more than $250,000 a year.)

The governor also re-introduced her plan to eliminate the property tax on cars. It's a nice idea, but her plan to cover that loss revenue has virtually no chance of winning any support among lawmakers. To make that work, Rell needs to also eliminate the property tax credit on the income tax - and then grab every nickle from the casino slot fund.

I must admit I'm not overly found of her proposal to increase the tax on cigarettes either.

I was back in Hartford this morning for press conference on the governor's plan to increase passenger rail service on Shoreline East. Democratic members of the southeastern Connecticut delegation (there are no GOP members anymore), gave the governor credit for her initiative - but said it didn't go far, literally.

With the exception of one train - every Shoreline East train starts and ends in Old Saybrook. There is currently one train that actually comes all the way to New London. (I'm not sure why they call it Shoreline East? Or as John Markowicz likes to say, that portion from Old Satybrook to New London should be renamed Shoreline Far East.)

Anyway...I'm taking a three day weekend. Got some other things I need to take care of. I'll be back on Monday, have a good weekend.


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