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Follow Ohio and overturn state employees’ contract

November 16, 2018

Gov. Dannel Malloy and our state Democrats have created an egregiously overpaid, over-benefitted, overstaffed state workforce — and they paid for it with taxpayer dollars.

They have essentially “bribed” a large class of state employees with taxpayer funds. Do you think that any of them voted for a Republican this election? Not in the least bit likely. That was Malloy’s and the Democrats’ intention.

Now, here’s a responsible first step that Gov.-elect Ned Lamont can take: Advocate for an approach similar to what Ohio Governor John Kasich took to start his highly successful financial turn-around for Ohio as it was nearing fiscal ruin. Lamont should go directly to court and seek to overturn the 2017 SEBAC agreement wherein Gov. Malloy locked us into backbreaking financial terms until 2027.

Lamont should sue to overturn this potentially ruinous agreement under the auspices that it is seriously detrimental to the future of Connecticut — to all of the people who (still) live here and who aren’t public sector employees.

This would be a good start here, as similar actions were in Ohio. But I seriously question that this will be possible given the fact that newly re-elected state representative Joe Aresimowicz is likely to be Speaker of the House again, and he holds a very highly paying job with the largest union of public employees in the United States, AFSCME (The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). This enormous conflict of interest is reprehensible and should not be permitted.

Grant Monsarrat

Easton

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