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  •  could have done a bit better, but... (0+ / 0-)
    His low approval rating is a reflection of how voters feel about his budget. Many voters are dissatisfied and some even say they are angry. They think the budget relies too much on tax increases and not enough on spending cuts. They also think the middle class is paying more than its fair share while those with higher incomes aren't paying their fair share."

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/...

    voters are fine with raising taxes, so long as it is on someone else.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:00:42 AM PDT

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    •  so in other words . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      what we have is:

      Repugs:
      1. cut state workers or else
      2. no raise in taxes

      Dems:
      1. cut state workers or else
      2. raise taxes, but only a little bit

      Yeah, THAT's worth it.

      (sigh)

      •  what we have is (1+ / 0-)
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        Lenny Flank, with no practical political sense. ;-)

        Same as always, Lenny. I love reading you on policy (truly), but when it comes to politics... well, you ain't always practical, my friend.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:46:32 AM PDT

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        •  practical, shmactical. (1+ / 0-)
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          In the words of my political hero Abbie Hoffman---"Be realistic.  Demand the impossible."

          :)

        •  Answer me this. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not from CT (although I once lived there) and not a state worker.  So I hope I can be objective.  You don't mention what the non-union managers among the state workers are giving up.  Are they sharing the additional pain in any way?  I don't think the unionized state workers shoulder the entire burden.  Also, what about the health insurance?  Are the the state workers who are part of management subject to the same new restrictions that the union employees would experience under Molloy's plan? From what I hear, the proposed health plan changes were a big factor in this election.  The new proposed plan has a lot of people convinced that they will have to give up HIPPA privacy rights now.  What about this?  

          •  fear of health plan changes (0+ / 0-)

            more than health plan changes. there seems to be a tremndous amount of disinformation which has flummoxed union leaders.

            http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/...

            ctblogger has a pretty balanced post. this is the most thorough go-over:

            http://www.newhavenindependent.org/...

            So what happened?

            “Just in speaking to different people,” James-Evans said, she found people left with unanswered questions from union brass. “I think the communication wasn’t there. The union did a terrible job communicating with their members. It was a big, big issue. They didn’t make the investment in communicating with folks.”

            Indeed, misconceptions about the deal spread like wildfire among the rank and file, with tales of “Obamacare” “nanny state” provisions forcing workers to switch doctors, penalizing them for smoking or being fat, or denying emergency care, for instance. The plan required them to sign a form saying they’d undergo annual physicals (or face new deductible and higher premiums) and twice-annual free dental cleanings. It also required most workers at some point to have colonoscopies or mammograms absent compelling reasons not to, and to visit primary care centers rather than emergency rooms if the option exists.

            AFSCME spokesman Larry Dorman blamed “outside influences” for spreading misinformation. “There have been hundreds of informational meetings, videos, and question-and-answer sessions” to explain the deal, he said in an interview.

            Some DCF colleagues also didn’t want to forgo raises at a time when state taxes are also rising, James-Evans said.

            Workers outside New Haven’s downtown state courthouses Friday preferred not to give their names, but were happy to explain why they voted no on the deal.

            “I voted no basically because of the medical,” said one, a member of AFSME Local 749. He said he already pays $500 per month for health insurance for his family.  He said he didn’t have enough information about the proposed health care plan to trust that he wouldn’t lose benefits.

            "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

            by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 08:05:00 PM PDT

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          •  more... (0+ / 0-)
            Although the union voting is by secret ballot, there have been widespread reports that many of the "no'' voters were older state employees who wanted to preserve their lucrative benefits and knew they would not be laid off because they have seniority. Malloy conceded that some state workers clearly believed that they would not lose their jobs because of "bumping rights'' that protect the older workers with seniority.

            "If you have more than 10 years in seniority, they might be pretty safe,'' Malloy said Friday.

            I can't find anything about HIPPA, which I am extremely familiar with, and can't figure out what that has to do with anything.

            http://www.courant.com/...

            "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

            by Greg Dworkin on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 04:23:50 AM PDT

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