The most pressing issue facing the state of Connecticut is to get the unemployed working again by fostering an environment of job creation, not government dependency. Unemployment remains high, alongside the state’s inability to promote any net job growth for the past 22 years. The reversal of this trend depends upon whether Connecticut voters are willing to bring bi-partisanship and new ways of thinking to the federal and state delegations in Washington and Hartford this November.
There are several reasons why unemployment continues to remain high, and job creation abysmally low in Connecticut: (1) elected officials on all levels are controlled by a strict one-party domination, there is no tolerance for any new blood or fresh ideas, and; (2) the state government has continued to over tax, recklessly spend, and invest poorly public resources.
An example of the outdated thinking of Connecticut’s public officials is the recently implemented Unemployment Insurance Surcharge policy. The state’s federal delegates helped secure a $900 million loan for Connecticut to cover its unemployment insurance program. This policy is a strategy to help Americans transition from one job to the next, not to encourage a new form of lifestyle. Considering therefore this surcharge alongside Connecticut’s poor spending habits, the state’s government has been frantically searching for money to cover the loan’s interest, not including the borrowed amount. The solution state officials have pursued to finance the loan’s interest is a $25 fee on business owners, per employee they have on their payroll. Here is the policy in a nutshell: the state’s lawmakers took borrowed federal money for a state which had no money on hand, gave that money to those who produced no labor, and then financed it by a policy of taxing a person based upon the number of people they employ. It is evident who is pulling their fair share in this equation: the hardworking laborer and business owner.
The state’s one-party domination has created a closed political environment, one which produces backwards solutions resulting in nothing more than fraudulent welfare spending and higher taxes upon the honest working man. If Connecticut is to see its unemployed numbers go down, its job growth turn around, and its government regain a sound footing, the state will should commit to the following: (i) elect a bi-partisan leadership to check the abusive power of a one-party rule, (ii) establish a less complicated and burdensome business tax code, and, (iii) seek to reverse government policies that allow for reckless spending and fraud. The United States was not made the country it is by being a nation of bureaucrats, nor one comprised of deserving cases, but by a nation of patriotic citizens who invest in their labor, and take their own part in life.