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Old Yesterday, 08:35 AM
 
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Nah, I think that was intentional. And he meant by rail. The trains are capable of doing that already, but they canít on our old tracks.

Right now, New Haven to Stamford with no intermediate stops is a pathetic 46 minutes on the Amtrak Acela timetable.
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Old Yesterday, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Lamont is just another talker. He is painting a nice picture but he won't change much of anything.
He's been governor for 3 days.
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Old Yesterday, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Right now, New Haven to Stamford with no intermediate stops is a pathetic 46 minutes on the Amtrak Acela timetable.
M8's are capable of 100MPH and are approved for up to 80MPH in service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M8_(railcar)

They barely ever hit 80MPH on those tracks.

80MPH from New Haven to Stamford would be 30 minutes.
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Old Yesterday, 09:15 AM
 
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Default Union concessions - What does Lamont ask of the state employees ?

As some of us know, there's a contract in place ratified in 2017. It includes higher contribution from employees toward pensions, higher cost of healthcare premiums, a new tier for the newest employees who's pensions won't be as good as the previous 3 tiers - among a few other things. Also however, employees are expecting a couple raises in the next 2 years as well as "step" increases. The average employee could be grossing an extra $5 or $6k a year come 2021. This on top of a master pension/healthcare benefits agreement that's locked in until 2027.

Unions are a powerful lobby in CT. CT is only 1 of 4 states that set their benefits through collective bargaining rather than state statute. So any changes to anything would have to be approved by union leadership. The legislature can't just step in and change benefits by themselves. Crazy right ?? So anything that Lamont may ask of the unions, would have to be agreed upon by the leadership. Unless the legislature passes a bill that limits collective bargaining and weakens union powers. But the new legislature is VERY blue right now - why would they pass such a law ? They wouldn't. If they did, there goes campaign donations from the unions come next election.

The unions already feel squeezed from the concessions asked of them in 2011 and 2017. However, in my opinion they got off pretty easy both times. Benefits from state employees are still fantastic - contrary to what a local union president may say. Unions could give up a little more and still be in really good shape. If only leadership saw this and stopped recommending CT's wealthy pay more in taxes. More taxes isn't the answer.

In order to get out of this fiscal mess CT is in, it needs more help from the unions. My spouse is a rank & file state employee as well as my friends and other relatives. Obviously I wish them wealth & success - however, they know that the union leadership in CT is greedy and out of touch when it comes to the financial crisis. Unfortunately they have to give up more for a better fiscal path in CT. But again - a contract is in place. Lamont can't just tell them they have to do this or give up that. How does he convince union leadership to agree to more concessions ? What does he ask of them ? Higher pension contributions ? Cancelling the upcoming raises for employees ? Buying out pensions of Tier1 employees ? What's your thoughts ?

Edit - here's a link to an article posted yesterday which is why I bring this topic up for discussion - https://ctmirror.org/2019/01/11/lamo...ening-address/
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Old Yesterday, 09:41 AM
 
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As some of us know, there's a contract in place ratified in 2017. It includes higher contribution from employees toward pensions, higher cost of healthcare premiums, a new tier for the newest employees who's pensions won't be as good as the previous 3 tiers - among a few other things. Also however, employees are expecting a couple raises in the next 2 years as well as "step" increases. The average employee could be grossing an extra $5 or $6k a year come 2021. This on top of a master pension/healthcare benefits agreement that's locked in until 2027.
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Malloy left Lamont a mess by missing his golden chance.

He laid off 6k when they refused his "last, best offer", then let them accept a better one, rescinding all 6k layoffs.

He should have let the layoffs happen, or at minimum, waited 6 months to offer a weaker deal being accepted (much higher health care contrib on par with private sector) in return for rescinding HALF the 6k layoffs, with a state legislature PERMANENT cap on FTEs at that level.

Once Malloy folded, it was game, set, match. State Unions 1, State Finances 0.

I am not a Lamont fan, but no fleeing gov left any Ct gov such a bad hand as today.
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Old Yesterday, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Lamont is just another talker. He is painting a nice picture but he won't change much of anything. This state has been destroyed by decades of poor leadership in Hartford. The Democrat controlled legislature controls all the money. Lamont is going to try and act like the good guy, who wants to compromise and change things. The reality is that he is a liberal democrat who will not bring any real change to Connecticut. Dannel Malloy and Ned Lamont = nothing new, no change coming.
One positive is that at least Lamont can speak clearly and not make a fool out of himself like Malloy.
You seem to forget that Lamont was a businessman before running for Governor. Malloy was a career politician being Mayor of Stamford for years prior to being Governor. That could make a difference. Lamont has some interesting connections to the business community and was instrumental in bring Infosys and its 1,000 jobs to Hartford. That is a pretty good start.

As Stylo noted, he has been Governor for only 3 days so before dismissing him outright give him a chance to come through on his promises. That is the least anyone can or should do. Jay
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Old Yesterday, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Malloy left Lamont a mess by missing his golden chance.

He laid off 6k when they refused his "last, best offer", then let them accept a better one, rescinding all 6k layoffs.

He should have let the layoffs happen, or at minimum, waited 6 months to offer a weaker deal being accepted (much higher health care contrib on par with private sector) in return for rescinding HALF the 6k layoffs, with a state legislature PERMANENT cap on FTEs at that level.

Once Malloy folded, it was game, set, match. State Unions 1, State Finances 0.

I am not a Lamont fan, but no fleeing gov left any Ct gov such a bad hand as today.
I don't know about that. Rell left Malloy a pretty big mess 8 years ago. She was not fully funding pensions and borrowed money to balance her last budget putting us further in debt. Needless to say Malloy did leave Lamont some tough hills to climb. Jay
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Old Yesterday, 09:54 AM
 
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I don't know about that. Rell left Malloy a pretty big mess 8 years ago. She was not fully funding pensions and borrowed money to balance her last budget putting us further in debt. Needless to say Malloy did leave Lamont some tough hills to climb. Jay
Rell never had the gift 6k layoffs presented Malloy.

Its called a governor's 3-0 (baseball term) count.

Tremendous leverage he wasted.

Should have let layoffs stand 6 months. Needed them to get nervous. Then approach the union on the hire half back offer and ask major state papers to publicize it concurrently. If they say no, we have 6k fewer state employees. Far, far less debt and need for new taxes, as 6k less saves billions over his reign of error.

No new taxes and we have more corps today to choose from, too, as they do not fear additional Malloy tax hikes, nor Lamont ones, either..
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Old Yesterday, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Are you sure CT has the most takers (as you call them)?

% of Residents on Food Stamps 2016 (SNAP)
https://www.hungerfreeamerica.org/bl...ap-food-stamps

New Mexico.......22%
Mississippi.........21%
West Virginia.....20%
Oregon.............19%
Louisiana..........19%
Alabama...........18%
Tennessee.........18%
Florida..............18%
Georgia.............17%
Kentucky...........17%
Connecticut.......12%

Most Federally Dependent States 2018 (#1 being the MOST dependent)
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-mos...overnment/2700

1 New Mexico
2 Kentucky
3 Mississippi
4 Alabama
5 West Virginia
6 South Carolina
7 Arizona 67.22
8 Alaska 64.16
9 Montana 63.80
10 Louisiana
42 Connecticut

Appears to me the Trump states are the "takers". Who would have thought by the comments on this board bashing CT.
Actually according to an article in this morning's Hartford Courant, Connecticut is now No. 50 in the amount it gets back from the Federal Government. We only get 74 cents for every dollar we send. Jay

https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-...u3a-story.html
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Old Yesterday, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Actually according to an article in this morning's Hartford Courant, Connecticut is now No. 50 in the amount it gets back from the Federal Government. We only get 74 cents for every dollar we send. Jay

https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-...u3a-story.html
Can that be changed/challenged by new gov administration?
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