I have taught economics for many years now. I continue to be amazed at the lack of basic economics understanding by Connecticut's elected governmental officials and governmental workers. Especially when it comes to who actually pays for Connecticut's government, its programs, salaries, benefits and pensions. Thus I feel and many will agree with me that Connecticut's Taxpayers are serfs in a serfdom.
The bulk of the costs of operating Connecticut's government fall directly upon its Taxpayers. Connecticut's Taxpayers pay a very high rate of taxes in the form of a high state income tax, high and far reaching sales taxes that are implemented on a massive amount of goods and services, a high gasoline tax in both per gallon measurement and on a supposed gross earnings basis, high property taxes if one owns a house, car or boat and numerous fees of all sorts on all types of vendors, professions and activities. The list of what Connecticut's Taxpayers pay for and on seems endless. Connecticut's government also receives federal funding for some programs that to me is just a redistribution of the large array of federal taxes that Connecticut's Taxpayers pay each year to our federal government.
Thus the one-two-three punch and impact of local, state and federal taxes that Connecticut's Taxpayers must pay each year for the authorization to be allowed in live in a town or city here in Connecticut is excessively high given what our state government provides for Connecticut's Taxpayers.
For example Connecticut's Taxpayers must endure a massive bureaucracy when dealing with its Department of Motor Vehicles. Waits of hours on end are a norm for this inefficient state agency that Connecticut's Taxpayers must pay for. The upper level management of Connecticut's DMV is an example of how Connecticut's political elite and patron age system works with high paying jobs being anointed for those who are ill qualified for their jobs. The DMV is one agency that could and should be privatized to save Connecticut's Taxpayers money.
The state along with its cities and towns must submit to an antiquated system of binding arbitration for union contracts that are not agreed upon in negotiations. Thus an impartial arbitrator is authorized to resolve the disagreement between the cities and or towns and the union by ordering a final and binding decision that cannot be changed. This has created a situation whereby many cities and towns must fear any and all union contract negotiations since if they can't come up with an agreement it goes to arbitration and those same cities and towns normally lose. Thus they will agree to anything these unions ask for and agree to the contract thus avoiding the costs of binding arbitration. This drives up the costs of local and state government here in Connecticut. It should be eliminated immediately.
Connecticut controls the beer, wine and spirits market to prop up small "Mom and Pop" liquor stores in the state at the expense of the consumer who pay much higher prices for their beer, wine and spirits as compared to other states. Why does this still exist in 2017? Due to this retail industry having a strong lobbying group in Hartford that forces the basic laws of supply and demand to be eliminated for the consumer who must pay high prices. These price controls should be eliminated and the free market should be allowed to occur when a consumer wants to buy these products. If small stores that are not run economically efficiently go out of business the markets correct themselves. Doesn't this occur in other industries in Connecticut? Why is this market so special?
Connecticut has an amendment that was legally voted upon for a constitutional spending cap. Connecticut's Democrat Attorney General ruled this legal amendment non-binding and illegal. Why?
Connecticut's Taxpayers must pay for a bloated salary, benefit and pension system to support Connecticut state government union and management workers. Depending upon the position one can get a high state pension for life after as little as five years of working. Some state positions pay a pension for those workers who have not contributed one penny to their pensions. Some positions allow for you to add the reimbursements of miles driven to your pension calculation. I ask is this fair and economically rational to burden Connecticut's Taxpayers in this manner?
Connecticut's unfunded liabilities and short and long-term debt is $80 to $100 billion dollars owed with no end in sight. Connecticut's Taxpayers are burdened with this debt with no solutions being proposed. Connecticut's Taxpayers must accept this without question.
There is a massive decline in Connecticut due to the nurturing and enhancement of a political ruling class that consists of our elected officials and union and management state government workers especially since the enactment of the state income tax in 1991. Since 1991 Connecticut has been in a perpetual decline with losses in business, jobs and population at a frightening pace due to excessively high taxes. And the spiral still continues in 2017 with an ineffective state legislature and Governor whose only concerns seem to continuing to enrich the political hierarchy and state union and management workers. 26 years of a self induced economic debacle due to our elected officials making poor economic decisions on a daily basis.
Connecticut's Taxpayers are serfs in serfdom. Connecticut's Taxpayers must pay an unlimited amount of taxes and are bonded and enslaved to their meager properties to support the manorial system of Connecticut's political ruling elite and its union and management workers. Connecticut's Taxpayers end their bondage to the state by moving out and in many cases never coming back. Connecticut's Taxpayers are sick of supporting a ruling elite minority who hide and disregard the laws and constitution of Connecticut for their personal enrichment. Talk is cheap and we continue to hear the cheap talk of Connecticut's ruling elite over and over again. Connecticut's Taxpayers are serfs in serfdom. I want my freedom again.