As the new General Assembly session begins, is it politics as usual? Just minutes after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in his State of the State address that the 2016 elections demonstrated a disconnect between voters and government, Democrats in the state House of Representatives voted down a Republican amendment that would have required a vote on state union contracts. The tally was along party lines, 78-72.
Under the current arrangement, the governor negotiates contracts with the unions then submits them to the legislature. If no vote is taken in 30 days, the contracts becomes law. Republicans for years have demanded a vote, claiming Democrats, as the majority party, avoid voting to not be on the record as supporting the union contracts. The GOP and others maintain the contracts have put Connecticut into a continual budget deficit.
After day one, it seems as if its business as usual, at least in the House, where Democrats have a narrow lead.