Exceptionalism is defined as "the condition of being different from the norm; also : a theory expounding the exceptionalism especially of a nation or region." Connecticut's government lacks exceptionalism. If anything Connecticut's government is a mediocre self serving instrument of those individuals and groups that have political connections to those in power in Hartford. Its only concern is to nurture and develop what has failed in the past only to be restated as the new better idea even though that same idea has meet with disaster in the past.
Tolls and higher taxes are the new in words for failed Governor Malloy this week. Further proving our state government's lack of exceptionalism we are now going to turn to tolls on our state roads in the theory that some out-of-state drivers will pay for these tolls(even though reports and studies indicate 70% of the tolls will be paid for by state drivers) and higher gas taxes. One could argue that Connecticut drivers pay an extraordinary amount of taxes for the privilege of driving on Connecticut's horrific road and bridge system. For example drivers pay already pay 39.3 cents per gallon in a state gas tax, a fee to buy their drivers license, a tax to register their vehicles each year, the already enacted state tire fee when one buys a new tire, and the property taxes that you must pay when you own a vehicle. This new toll revenue will supposedly be directed to improve and maintain our road and transportation system in the state. I wonder where all the revenues goes from the various taxes drivers pay already? Obviously not to road and bridge repair and maintenance.
Connecticut's government lacks exceptionalism especially when we have had already the two largest tax increases in the states history during the failed Malloy Administration. Connecticut's government lacks exceptionalism especially when most state agencies when asked by the states budget director what recommendations could be made to cut spending in their agencies replied by suggesting nothing or failed to reply at all, while some recommended increasing spending instead. To me this proves that these highly paid state agency directors are clueless in both running their agencies and in understanding the magnitude of Connecticut's budget crisis. Not one of them was willing to take a pay or benefit cut to help the state. In private industry these same people would be fired for their lack of action and ineptness in management.
The Connecticut state budget crisis continues unabated. We hear the same rhetoric of some sort of new tax and or fee placed on Connecticut Taxpayers will solve the same problems that have yet to have been solved with all of the taxes and fees the state has already. Silence is heard when wanting to examine and address both management and union salaries, benefits and pensions. This sacred and cherished part of our state government fully funded by Connecticut Taxpayers may never be spoken of and or reformed.
Yes, Connecticut's Government lacks exceptionalism. And yes it has failed Connecticut Taxpayers. New taxes and tolls help to advance the Connecticut Democrat Party agenda of a failed economy but continues to protect those who own this rigged system of government.