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I am no Donald Trump

Since I first got interested in politics as a teenager, I’ve encountered people who thought I was a mean-spirited anti-intellectual lacking compassion for others. In other words, people have long thought I was Donald Trump.

You shouldn’t need a lobbyist to testify on taxes

Connecticut lawmakers appointed a panel of citizens and experts to study tax reform in our state. The tax panel’s goal is to recommend a better way — or ways — to raise the same amount of revenue (sometimes called revenue neutral tax reform). The panel held a public hearing this week. I’ll come back to that.

Big differences in local spending, opportunities for better value

Nearly half of the state and local taxes paid in Connecticut are property taxes. Yet the cost of running a town on a per-person basis ranged dramatically from $7,333 (Westport) to $2,363 (Putnam) based on 2012 data, meaning the most expensive towns spend three times as much per person as the least expensive towns. There are 169 municipalities in Connecticut.

Big differences in spending, chances for better value

Nearly half of the state and local taxes paid in Connecticut are property taxes. Yet the cost of running a town on a per-person basis ranged dramatically from $7,333 (Westport) to $2,363 (Putnam) based on 2012 data, meaning the most expensive towns spend three times as much per person as the least expensive towns. There are 169 municipalities in Connecticut.

Namibia came first: Genocide in the 20th century

A series: Our home, our future

Voices from the Salisbury community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future

Government contracts should not be trade secrets

The CIA has secrets, and we tend to accept that, but what about your state health insurance exchange? Not only does it have secrets, it has “trade secrets.”

It may come as a surprise to you that the government has trade secrets. These are secrets the state of Connecticut can’t reveal, allegedly, because it would cost the government more if it did.

Government contracts should not be trade secrets

The CIA has secrets, and we tend to accept that, but what about your state health insurance exchange? Not only does it have secrets, it has “trade secrets.”

It may come as a surprise to you that the government has trade secrets. These are secrets the state of Connecticut can’t reveal, allegedly, because it would cost the government more if it did.

Genocide in the 20th century

Namibia came first

Why should any state employee earn $250,000 a year in retirement?

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s chief of staff recently received a promotion. He is now the president of the Board of Regents, which oversees Connecticut’s state universities and community colleges. 

Many will point to this as an example of old-fashioned, cynical political patronage — and they won’t be wrong — but this appointment is a case study in a far more significant problem: Connecticut’s dangerously underfunded pension system.