Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In Connecticut state employees vote to help themselves

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.” 

~ Benjamin Franklin

Democrat Gov Malloy and public employee union members.
In the recent election, Ned Lamont, the Democratic candidate won over Republic Bob Stefanowski by 44,415 votes. Let's try to account for those votes.

State employees. According to the Comptroller’s Office, Connecticut has roughly 49,000 full time employees and another 29,000 part-time workers. Employee compensation costs $6.2 billion per year, including $3 billion in fringe benefit costs – one of the fastest growing government expenses. When benefits are factored, Connecticut public sector workers end up receiving between 25 – 46 percent more in total compensation than employees in the private sector.

Retired state employees. There are 48,395 retired employees. In the private sector, retirees sometimes lose their benefits. That happened at Connecticut-based General Electric, which moved out of Connecticut to escape higher taxes. Connecticut state retirees have very generous health plans.

It's well known that state unions own the state
Until 2017, union contracts could be passed without a vote by the General Assembly because of a state statute that said any contract not voted on within 30 days was “deemed approved.” Between 1991 and 2017, 124 union contracts were passed into law without a vote in either the House or the Senate. Those contracts dictated wages and benefits for state employees. The statute was finally changed as part of 2017’s budget negotiations. Now, contracts not approved within 30 days are deemed rejected. However, the new law does allow for a workaround through arbitration in which an unelected state arbitrator can actually pass a contract the General Assembly has rejected.
Each of these workers and retirees might have a spouse so we're looking at a potential 252,000 voters with a personal financial interest in electing Democrats who are willing to enact new taxes to pay these voters. It's little surprise that taxpayers are moving out of the state.

Next installment: Illegal voters.

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