Connecticut's muddy March

Ryan Fisher State of the StateJohn J. Ryan, a former Republican state representative, and Joshua Fisher, a Hersam Acorn editor, share their back-and-forth about news going on around the state, among other items of interest. Links to all the articles and other items mentioned in the column can be found in the Opinion section of

Ryan: The season of snow has made way for a muddy March in Connecticut. And we’re not just talking about my lawn.

Fisher: Speaking of mud, the General Assembly is dealing with a pending large deficit and trying to work with the governor’s “no-tax increase” budget that is actually full of new taxes.

Ryan: If you saw last week’s column, “Campaign promises melt faster than the snow,” you know there is much reason to worry.

Fisher: Not if you are an “election consultant” for Nutmeg State elections, see “Election consultants cashed in” (, March 15). Of course many consultants have made some good money advising loser Republicans how to win the party nomination (over someone electable) only to lose the general election.

Ryan: Where’s our check?

The state’s so-called “Clean Election Law” aka “taxpayer-funded elections,” seems to be better for election consultants than it is for taxpayers. Well what’s left of Connecticut taxpayers.

Other states continue to be the beneficiaries of our businesses fleeing the Nutmeg State for friendlier venues.

“Culturally, it’s a very different business environment up north, where things are very anti-business and people tend to look at business as something that restrains the benefit of the people,” said one business owner who recently moved to Florida. See:  “Connecticut Company Relocates Base to Lakeland, Brings Higher-Wage Jobs” ( <> , March 15).

Fisher: Well, John, we’ll always have Bridgeport.

Have you been keeping up with the convicted felons that have run or want to run the Park City?

Here’s the latest: “Ganim moves closer to another mayoral run” (March 12, and “Ernie Newton gets 6 months” (March 13, <> ).

How long until they both are voted back in office?

Ryan: Don’t lose focus, Fisher! Our prime concern in a legislative budget year is Connecticut’s fiscal follies, and in his own terse, inimitable way, Chris Powell lays out the big conundrum for us in “Why do state expenses always outrun revenue?” (, March 13).

Fisher: We’ll be back next week to delve a little deeper into the mess that is your Connecticut state government. At least by then, it will be spring.

John J. Ryan is of counsel to the Fairfield County law firm Russo & Assoc., and served 14 years as Darien and Rowayton’s state representative — and has been writing this column for Hersam Acorn even longer. Joshua Fisher has been an editor with Hersam Acorn Newspapers since 2003.

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