Friday, February 02, 2007

Some weekend thoughts...

U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd landed a rather significant endorsement. Former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Joe Keefe has thrown his support behind Dodd's presidential bid. It's significant in the sense that it is still early in the game, and Keefe is a player in New Hampshire politics - which should result in many more Democrats there at least taking the time to look at Dodd.

On Wednesday of next week, Gov. M. Jodi Rell will present her two-year state budget proposal to the Gweneral Assembly. It is the subject of my Hackett on Politics column that appears in Sunday's Norwich Bulletin. (Okay, a shameless plug - but I mention it because I do enjoy writing the column, so take a look. And you don't even need to leave the comfort of your home to do that. You can access it on the Web at


Blogger wtfdnucsubsailor said...

Ray - One of the reasons that local budgets are generally better constructed is that the folks approving the budget can get in their car and visit the site that is being 'rebuilt, fixed, newlly constructed, etc.' to get a real look at the pluses and minuses of the expected expenditure. At the state level this is much more difficult and you have to rely on the reports of the commissioners and the department staffs - It is hard for the rep from Killingly to check out a proposed expenditure targeted for Bridgeport or Stamford. And it is impossible at the federal level. However, performance based budgeting is a partial solution. We hear a lot about benchmarks and time lines, but they do come in handy in determining if a project is doing what was intended in the time expected. Keep up the good work.

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Blogger Ray Hackett said...


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