Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Will the Transportation Lockbox Be Broken Open?

A transportation lockbox? Sounds like a good idea. Republicans at the Connecticut State Capitol have proposed this idea for many years without success. Now seems the time for a bit of common sense.

A resolution before the State Senate today requires voters to approve a constitutional amendment for the transportation lockbox on Election Day 2016. I predict it will meet overwhelming approval of Connecticut voters.

Here’s the problem – in 1992 over 80% of voters approved a constitutional spending cap but the Connecticut General Assembly has failed to fully implement the cap. Twenty-three years after voters changed the State Constitution legislators have not delivered a solid spending cap they demanded.

Will the new transportation lockbox be broken open by the same inaction of the Connecticut Legislature? Why do we make promises to voters and promptly drop the ball when it comes time to deliver on those promises?