The General Assembly session is over! Well, not really. Still a small matter to resolve. The state budget.
Sleep deprivation is on hold until a special legislative session convenes to address Governor Jodi Rell’s budget that calls for basically no new taxes and the Democratic version that will soak pocketbooks with more taxes. That, of course, is what legislative Dems do best … raise taxes. God forbid they should buck the unions, teachers, serial Democratic voters and say enough is enough … we’re already the highest taxed state in the country.
It’s hard to say how the state’s largest city made out in this legislative cycle because the damn budget is not done. So much of what the state does impacts cities and towns with tax bills going out in four weeks. Bean counters in City Hall, including Mayor Bill Finch, must be shaking their heads. The mayor, a former state senator, of course knows what it’s like to spend long nights in Hartford.
But without a a state budget passed, the city budget is one big unknown.
State Rep. Chris Caruso is showing big ones putting Bishop Lori in his place after the Diocese of Bridgeport declared it’s beyond registering as a legislative lobbyist. Caruso was quoted in Connecticut Post reporter Ken Dixon’s piece (about a nut job talk-show host in Jersey pinched for threats against two legislators) challenging Lori’s assertion that the Diocese should not be held to the same standard as legislative lobbyists. Kudos Caruso! An excerpt from Dixon’s piece:
Rep. Christopher L. Caruso, D-Bridgeport, a Catholic who has made ethics reforms a key portion of his legislative agenda, said Wednesday it’s clear that the Bridgeport Diocese should have registered as a lobbyist for the March 11 event, since Bishop William E. Lori set up the bus caravans from southwestern Connecticut.
“The law is the law and if an organization expends more than $2,000 then it must register as a lobbyist,” Caruso said in an interview. “In this case the Office of State Ethics did inquire of the Diocese and the Diocese response was to file a lawsuit. I think it’s in the best interests of the Diocese to comply with the law.”
He said that religious institutions have to be held to state ethical standards like any other special interest.
“The law was created to provide full public disclosure on how money is being spent to lobby the Legislature,” Caruso said. “The bishop took it upon himself to spend diocesan money and it’s simply a matter of filing a disclosure.”
Primary in 138th Council District
I’ve heard that the City Council candidates in the 138th District will be incumbent Bob Curwen and city employee Kevin Monks who’ll replace Rich Paoletto. But a primary is coming from Andy Fardy and Ann Barney. Hopefully, Fardy (Town Committee) can fill us up on the district town committee action.
The weekend is approaching and the baseball season is heating up. If you want an enjoyable night with the kids check out our very own Bluefish. Better yet, I have two Bluefish tix for you, but not just any tix. These are located in the Harbor Club elevated behind home plate. If you want them, they’re yours, Friday night June 19 against York Revolution. Be the first to email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get them to you.
And, don’t forget it’s farm-stand season in the city and the South End is loaded with goodies tonight. Check out www.parkcityharvest.org
From The Gallery at Black Rock:
This Friday June 5th will be the first Black Rock Artwalk of the season.
At The Gallery at Black Rock it will be closing night for Frank Foster Post’s Ministers of Funk show. Come out and visit us, have a glass of wine!
ALSO just 2 doors down at Port Coffeehouse:
Mike Hurd Memorial Exhibit
Stunning Photographic work by Mike Hurd
Mr. Hurd was taken by cancer about six months ago. Proceeds of the exhibit will go to swim across the sound.
Any Questions give a call, 203.814.6856
All Kinds of great stuff on the avenue from Framemakers to Dayone Skate Shop. Come out and support Black Rocks Art Scene.