Dave’s Commitments to Connecticut

Dave’s Commitments to Connecticut

We need a peaceful political revolution and dramatic restructuring reforms that will enable us to achieve the following three key objectives:

Increase Economic Growth and Individual Opportunity (Jobs):

  • Implement an ongoing interaction between the Governor and business leaders to promote economic growth and job opportunities
  • Provide significant regulatory relief while ensuring adequate public protections
  • Achieve comprehensive, pro-growth and equitable tax reform (e.g., corporate, gift, estate, individual and property)
  • Make meaningful investments in infrastructure, pursue alternative funding approaches, including electronic tolling for out of state vehicles, while ensuring the integrity of related “trust funds”
  • Pursue more affordable energy pricing and more effective oversight reforms
  • Improve the equity and effectiveness of the state’s education system (e.g., revise state funding formula, encourage school choice while assuring accountability for superior results, enhance coordination of business needs and education offerings, enhance trades training activities, promote coordination and shared services)
  • Revise and better target state economic development initiatives with an emphasis on revitalizing troubled cities and promoting initiatives where Connecticut has a comparative advantage (e.g., health, technology, financial services, environmental)

Enhance Public Integrity, Accountability and Citizen Rights:

  • Adopt a two term limit for Governor
  • Adopt much tougher conflict of interest rules
  • Prevent convicted felons for public corruption from holding public office
  • Provide the right to recall certain elected officials, as well as initiative and referendum rights to citizens
  • Implement Municipal Accountability Boards to improve the competitiveness and achieve needed restructuring of financially troubled municipalities outside of bankruptcy, as appropriate
  • Revise the voluntary state election program

Achieve Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainability:

  • Honor the state’s balanced budget requirement
  • Operationalize the state Constitutional spending cap based on net state spending
  • Adopt zero-based and performance oriented budgeting practices
  • Stop raiding earmarked “trust funds”
  • Right size state government, including reducing the number of entities, layers, and footprints in state government, and pursue High Performing Organization (HPO) approaches
  • Pursue shared services, Public/Private Partnerships and privatization options to improve economy, efficiency and effectiveness, including privatizing the DMV and eliminating dual delivery of state welfare services
  • Revise classification, compensation and other state human resource rules to focus on skills, knowledge and performance rather than length of service
  • Restructure state pension and health care programs to assure their competitiveness, eliminate abuses, significantly reduce costs, and enhance their security post restructuring
  • Revise welfare eligibility rules and review work requirements while maintaining a viable safety net for those truly in need
  • Revise the scope of collective bargaining, limit the term of bargaining agreements, and require legislative approval of all major state labor contracts
  • Revise arbitration standards to consider fiscal sustainability