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WWL: A New Blueprint
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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02/19/2009
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What is the outlook for the economy of Connecticut?

 

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The Brookings Institution is making the case that metro areas are what drive the U.S. Economy, and if we enhance them – we’ll be a more prosperous nation.

This plan is called the “Blueprint for American Prosperity: Unleashing the Potential of a Metropolitan Nation.” With billions of federal aid coming in the form of stimulus money – many policy experts see this period of recession as an opportunity for “smart growth” in the future.

Local leaders in Connecticut are picking up on this, and creating a “blueprint” for Connecticut’s future – called “Prosperity for All” – seemingly a enormous task, given the economic climate.

Coming up, we’ll talk about the Connecticut plan – and the struggles it faces during a big budget deficit.

Join the conversation!  Add your questions, suggestions and comments below.


 
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I believe that the costs associated with operating the leadership offices alone in the Connecticut General Assembly are astounding, yet we hear very little from these leaders about how they would make drastic cuts in their own office budgets.  Just how much does it cost to operate the Office of the Speaker of the House, just one of the many leadership offices in Hartford?  In these dire economic times, it is unwise for our political leaders to ask Connecticut's citizenry to make sacrifices and not make substantial sacrifices themselves.  Just in the past several weeks we learned about how the Speaker hired the former Speaker as a $120,000/yr consultant; and one week after that, we learned that the Speaker's office has a $165,000 press secretary.   What else exists within their budgets?  Discretionary funds (slush funds)?  Travel expenses?  Business expenses?  All of these just by virtue of holding a leadership office?

They take care of one another in Hartford, no matter the political affiliation.  Everyone in the legislature buys into this culture of privilege and perquisites.  They may not be as lavish as the Borough Presidents of NYC, but they do spend millions of dollars on perpetuating a system and traditions that waste precious resources. 

Our legislators need to so some deep reflection on how wisely they spend taxpayers' money.  The electorate are getting more sophisticated, as so many incumbents have learned in the last election.  Democrat or Republican, they must do the right things for the common good.  The only response I get from my emails to their offices is "everything is on the table."  That response says nothing.  Let's get some specifics on the table.

Listener Email

there is no future for connecticut.
we serve only as a bedroom for ny business people and as a rest stop for ny-to-boston travelers.

my suggestion would be to celebrate this fact and construct the best rest areas in the country all along the rt84 and rt95 corridors.
ideally these would be destinations unto themselves and advertising posted at these highly visited sites would be our new income generating engine for the 21st century.

Listener Email from Jon

Is there a blueprint for economic growth in Connecticut that could include a multitude of streams of the economy, so that agriculture is integrated with metropolitan growth? Is there a way to make the economy of Connecticut more independent; more of a holistic system which can provide all of its own needs, especially with regard to food production for its expanding metro areas? Also, can we expand metro areas in a way that integrates the urban with the suburban and even the rural, so that commuting is diminished?

Jon, New Haven