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Sen. Markley: Is the Capitol City’s iQuilt Program worthy of our tax dollars?

iQuilt discovery ~

Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) remains skeptical about spending state money on a project for the capitol city, known as iQuilt.  The project has been described as a culture-based urban design plan intended to make the city of Hartford more physically attractive and walkable, with a total estimated cost of $100M.

“I’m always watching out for government waste and so far I’m not sold on this project,” said Sen. Markley. “Keeping an open mind I will be attending a forum on iQuilt to learn more about the project and I encourage others to do the same.”

Project organizers say some of the $100 million estimated cost will come from private contributions, but have not yet provided a public-private funding breakout.

The project has received a $10M "tiger grant" from the Federal Government and $13M of matching city funds.

Organizers say the objective of future forums is to discuss the role government spending will play in the iQuilt plan and to consider the benefits and costs of that spending as a means of promoting economic development in Hartford.

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John Leary November 21, 2012 at 09:57 PM
There are a lot of proposals being suggested on a daily basis that sound good and offer benefits. The challenge is multifaceted. What should the government be doing and funding versus the private sector? Does the benefit justify or outweigh the cost? Where does the item fit into other priorities? Where will the money come from? Can we afford it? The problem is that the decision makers are often disconnected from these questions and the funding source. So we often have a case where A & B get together and decide what is best for C and then charge D for the cost. Often times D is not involved in government or does not have the majority vote in the decision. This is the sad reality we are facing when A&B are in the majority and do things to benefit C. Then C votes for/with A&B and together acting as a majority acquire the right to make decisions and force D pay for them.

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