Doesn’t look like we’ll have a state budget ratified by July 1, the day the new fiscal year begins for cities and towns across Connecticut.
When the state doesn’t have a budget, bean counters on the local level get the cramps. Local budgets are based in part on state revenues and just how much communities will receive is unknown until a state budget is passed and signed by the governor.
Hartford Dems voted a budget through on Friday but it looks like it will be vetoed by GOP Governor Jodi Rell.
If you’re a legislator from Bridgeport you can crow that the budget passed by the Dems does not raise taxes on 99 percent of your constituents–tax increases under the Dem plan will soak the wealthy–and there’s money there to help tourist destinations such as the zoo and Discovery Museum, and social programs that would get croaked under Rell’s proposed budget.
But if you’re Senate Minority Leader John McKinney who’s looking to knock off Congressman Jim Himes next year you’re screaming on behalf of towns such as Greenwich, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Darien and his home town Fairfield that the Dems have declared war on taxpayers who already pay enough.
All of this is a nice prelude to the gubernatorial election in 2010. The ballot lineup could look something like this:
Rell v. Susan Bysiewicz or Dan Malloy
Rob Simmons or Tom Foley or Sam Caligiuri v. Chris Dodd (if Dodd survives a primary challenge by Merrick Alpert).
McKinney versus Himes.
Former Republican State Senator Rob Russo in a rematch against Democratic State Senator Anthony Musto.
But before that there could be an August primary for governor, U.S. senate and state legislative races.
Will Bob Keeley try for a comeback against State Rep. Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock?
Let me know what you hear!
Did ya catch the fireworks show in Bridgeport Friday night? Well, if not (or if you want to see it again) check this out, courtesy of OIB friend Tom Kelly.