Lobbying and Connecticut. The two go hand in hand. Sort of like a pimp with his prostitutes. A recent article by Don Michak of the Journal Inquirer is an amazing piece on the amount of lobbying that goes on in Connecticut and its costs-here is the link http://www.journalinquirer.com/articles/2013/01/16/page_one/doc50f6caaeef26c297374291.txt
According to the article $67.9 million dollars has gone to influence peddling here in our state. Not bad. It is also $67.9 million dollars that taxpayers like you and I can not afford to spend to influence legislators who we supposedly vote into office to seek representation, truth and ethics in state government. Influence peddling? Could this influence peddling have helped to create one of the highest taxed states in the country? Could this influence peddling have helped to create the worse state credit quality in the country? Could this influence have helped to create the worse state debt situation in the country? Could this influence have helped to create our state to be the worse to retire in the country? Could this influence have helped to create the largest achievement gap in education in the country? The list to me is endless. And it is totally non productive money spent by organizations whose only concern in the state is their self interest, self promotion and self satisfaction. All at taxpayer's expense.
Lobbying in my economic opinion is yet another cancer within our economy which inhibits economic growth. Your tax monies are being used against your own free will and in most cases creating a negative economic situation for you and your families. Prices for many goods become artificially higher due in lobbying influence costs added such as price supports and price floors. The corporate subsidization with taxpayers monies do little for job growth nor job creation.
Thus as we can see through Connecticut's lobbyists along with one party rule in Hartford that we as taxpayers have no rights and we have absolutely no say in our government.
Lobbying and Connecticut. The two go hand in hand. Sort of like a pimp with his prostitutes. Only worse.