What the frig! I’m getting whiplash from all these deficit-surplus numbers. When the state legislative session started in January the state was looking at a modest surplus; then, we learn, we’re in a deficit, then a larger deficit and then–get out the razor blades–a massive deficit. Now we uncover this morning that we have a cool $70 million surplus again, and maybe higher.
Republicans in the legislature, swiping a Democratic issue, want to earmark the moolah for winter fuel assistance, a pitch they will make at a special session scheduled for Friday. (How can the Dems not go along with that?)
Me, let’s give the whole damn surplus to Bridgeport. Let’s replenish the libraries, fund the overtime deficit in the police department, juice the schools with a huge infusion. Let’s build a new bridge to Pleasure Beach. Considering the current one burnt 12 years ago, that’s not asking too much. A chicken in every pot, that’s what I say.
Let’s commission LeRoy Neiman to craft a revolutionary portrait of P.T. Barnum so Mayor Bill Finch doesn’t borrow the one hanging in the Bridgeport Public Library for his office. Let’s pay off Sal DiNardo’s back taxes. (Wouldn’t Sal love that?) Let’s buy back the Connecticut Post from the scoundrels at Hearst and make it a family newspaper again. Paging Betty Pfriem!
Let’s give the state’s largest city everything it was promised before the budget went in the crapper. Let’s use the $70 million to bribe (did I use that word?) the entire legislature into retirement, leaving only the Bridgeport delegation to carve up the spoils to an $18 billion annual budget (or whatever it is.)
Good gravy, whom among the city’s legislative delegation would you entrust with all that scratch? I say State Rep. Chris Caruso … cannoli for everyone! And let’s throw in a gelato festival for OIB friend Con Filardi.
Because, if something’s not done soon the city’s getting another state-mandated financial review board.
Okay, now that I’ve validated my financial incompetence, what would you do with the state surplus?
What’s your take on a McCain-Lieberman ticket? I don’t think that’s going to happen. Right-wingers, pro-lifers and gun-control haters would blowtorch McCain at the GOP convention. Joe did the smart thing during all this speculation … he got the hell out of the country.