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Patch's Poll: Should Connecticut Go The Route Of Wisconsin?

The New Haven Register says Connecticut could learn a few things from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker when it comes to dealing with unions and taxes.

In light of Wisconsin’s recall election last week — in which voters in that state decided to keep the controversial Gov. Scott Walker in power — the New Haven Register published an editorial saying Connecticut should follow in that state’s lead when it comes to Walker's initiatives on unions.

Walker faced public scrutiny over the past year due to Wisconsin’s new law stripping public unions of the right to collectively bargain on benefits and giving state employees the freedom to choose whether to join the union or not.

But the Register argued those moves helped close a $3.6 billion budget gap to $143 million in less than a year, “without laying off any employees.”

“As a result of Walker’s initiatives, Wisconsin is one of the few states with net job growth and an unemployment number significantly below the national average,” the editorial said.

In contrast, the Register said that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Democrats have taken a different strategy in raising taxes and increasing spending.

“While last year’s agreement with the unions did increase some costs and reduce some benefits for the state’s union workers, it did not adequately address the main drivers of expense: health care and pension benefits,” the editorial said. “Consequently, Connecticut faces significant, future financial shortfalls and is not remotely close to balancing its budget.”

In a year when budget shortfalls, union benefits and controversial leadership all came to a clash, do you agree with the Register's assessment and think Connecticut should go the route of Wisconsin? Or do you think that will cause too much backlash and that Connecticut’s approach is more appropriate? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

R Eleveld June 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM
http://truthinaccounting.org/state-of-states/ CT is #50 "Money needed to pay bills: $63B or 49K/taxpayer." More interesting is the total off balance sheet and on balance sheet debt of our governments (State and Federal). Official Debt: ~$16T The unfunded liabilities of the the US according to this website is closer to ~$75T dollars. This is of course offset by some amount of future income. The income would have to be confiscatory to fix that problem. Something to ponder. Can the budget be balanced? This guys actually says no way: United States Budget Dilemma.wmv [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLzDySKW_BQ&feature=plcp]
Spiff June 15, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Ohhhh maaaaaan! Great website, thanks for sending it. Just another example of how screwed up this state is! We need to vote out the Democrats ASAP!
Joseph Kubik June 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM
On the nose, bro. and the people of CT who vote Democrat are just too stupid, based on the data that surrounds them, to realize that they've been had for decades, that the current mess is the result of their votes, and that more of the same will not work.
Joseph Kubik June 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Wrong tense, my friend. Not "will be in trouble". "Have been and are in trouble."
R Eleveld June 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I stand corrected.

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