Posts by Zack:

Government Shutdown Actually A Marginal Reduction in Spending, Taxes

You often don’t know the value of what you have until it’s taken away from you. In the words of the Counting Crows, “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone”. If age-old wisdom and 1990’s rock bands are correct, then Americans still have no idea what government is worth. Despite a government “shutdown”, …

Sharkey Letter Reveals Inherent Flaws in Political Process

Our honorable Speaker of the House, J. Brendan Sharkey, has once again exemplified the convoluted way of thinking that afflicts most of Connecticut’s public officials. In a letter to four video game companies, Sharkey called on game-makers to sever the tie between video game weaponry and real-life gun manufacturers. “The industry practice of video game …

A Full-Time Legislature Would Mean Full-Time Trouble for Connecticut

By most accounts, this past session of Connecticut’s General Assembly was an abysmal, opaque legislative failure. Bills were rushed through the Chamber, public input and government transparency were trampled or ignored, and convoluted legislation has raised questions no one seems able to answer. I think our legislators deserve a raise. That last sentence, of course, …

Lawsuit Takes Aim At Legislative Secrecy

Living up to their sport, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. has taken aim at some very high level targets. In a lawsuit launched Monday attacking Senate Bill 1160, which issued in sweeping gun reform legislation in Connecticut, the NSSF named as defendants Governor Dannel Malloy, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, Senate President Pro Tempore Don …

Legislative Inaction Could Mean the Death of Transparent Government

The election of Kevin Lembo as the state’s Comptroller has always stood out, in my mind, as a bright spot in an otherwise dismal 2010 electoral cycle. His policy initiatives, especially those aimed at greater government transparency, seek to remind lawmakers of an often forgotten fact: they are responsive to their citizens, and they are …

Manufacturing A Business-Friendly Environment

More than half of Connecticut manufacturers have been invited to move their business to another state, a Monday report entitled the Connecticut Manufacturing Industry Survey found. Of the 211 manufacturers surveyed, 52 percent stated they had been “recruited to relocate or expand to other states.” Even more worrisome, 86 percent surveyed stated that economic conditions …

Predictable Results from a Union-Run School

Most people who have ever taken a physics course know Newton’s law, which states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Similarly, most people who follow state and local politics recognize that every governmental action has (typically) negative unintentional consequences. As an intern at the Yankee Institute in the summer of 2012, I …