With the minimum wage set to increase beginning next week in the state of Connecticut, we are once again reminded that our political leaders believe themselves to be more competent than the free market and the individual actors who operate within it. Though the narrative is routinely given precedence, here is the fact of the matter: Wage floors only help the politicians who promise them.
It seems like corruption is more popular than honesty in politics these days, but perhaps that is just general disillusionment. There have been many incidences of money in politics, influencing decisions like those on net neutrality, gun control and the environment. This isn’t to say that lobbying is inherently evil — it makes sure important issues get the attention they deserve — but it seems clear that it has clouded the democratic process.
In 2011, less than one month into his first term, Gov. Malloy, with the help of his legislative cronies, delivered the largest tax increase in the history of the state. Four years later, Malloy raised taxes again in an effort to close the multi-billion dollar budget deficit his administration’s irresponsible spending perpetuated. In 2017, Malloy signed into law yet another tax increase, ultimately leaving behind a $260 million deficit to secure his legacy as the Nutmeg State’s most prominent dolt.
One of the social changes Lamont proposed is raising the age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21. While many have come out in support of this move in regard to traditional cigarettes, whose dangerous health risks are extremely well-documented, opinions over raising the vaping age have been more mixed.
Many believe that these proposals would lead to school closings resulting in longer travel times to school; yet school closings are not mentioned in either of the two pieces of submitted legislation. Regionalization suggests that school administrations would be consolidated rather than the schools themselves.
Summer break will start soon, which means that those of you who read the Daily Campus opinion section regularly will have to go without our razor sharp political insight for the next several months (barring one or two articles we might put up online). So I thought it best to end this year with a quick column talking about the elections coming up in Connecticut because 90% of UConn is from CT (didn’t check that statistic but I think I’m in the ballpark).