The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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Nutmeg Dems: Nobody Likes the DMV

By · Jul, 31 2009

As Connecticut’s budget negotiations between Republican Gov. Jodi Rell and the Democratic Legislature inched along this past week, Democrats proposed a novel proposal to reignite discussions – eliminate the DMV.

With a recent Quinnipiac University survey of Connecticut voters showed the Democrats receiving much of the blame for the ongoing budget impasse getting rid of an agency universally disliked is a sure-fire political winner.

In the future, motorists could potentially renew their licenses at a supermarket — in the same way that they now conduct some banking transactions at grocery stores. Democrats have seen the success of motor vehicle transactions at AAA offices, and they believe that a “user-friendly” experience can be replicated at shopping centers, malls and other retail locations. The move would require moving many employees to different locations, but it would be accomplished with no layoffs.

“Other sectors of the economy have already figured this out — banks, pharmacies, certain health care professions,” said Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams. “We’re confident we will save many millions of dollars by doing it this way.”

For it’s part, the DMV criticizes the idea as a gimmick that overlooks privacy concerns and the law enforcement responsibilities the agency currently performs that has limited cost-saving potential.

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