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PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

State public option would boost prospects of small businesses

Published: March 7, 2021 | Paul Choiniere

In testimony to the legislature, Comptroller Kevin Lembo has been insistent that plans offered under a public option would be self-sustaining and affordable, with no recurring cost to taxpayers.

Passero makes a deal, and uses all his skills doing it

Published: February 28, 2021 | Paul Choiniere

The New London mayor held out for increased funding to the city, but was wise not to push matters too far. He now calls himself a cheerleader for the wind-power project.

Praise from the right, criticism from the left for Gov. Lamont

Making life and death decisions for a year probably thickens the skin. After staring down a pandemic, Lamont should be able to deal with the angry progressives within the party ranks.

Constitutional protections prevail over good intentions

In trying to save young defendants from the stigma of public proceedings, the legislature sacrificed the protections open proceedings provide, both for the defendant and the public.

Is Waterford's nuclear waste dump status permanent?

The situation is causing no fiscal pain for Dominion and other nuclear energy companies. The DOE is picking up the tab to steadily increase nuclear waste storage at plants across the country.

Lost education of COVID generation of students

The consequences are most severe for low-income and minority children, who were less likely to have the necessary computer technology when remote learning began.

Dealmaker Lamont? The evidence, and Mayor Passero, suggest not.

What should have been easy is getting New London that seat on the port authority. Fulfilling that pledge to New London and Passero should have been a layup.

A tale of two images and the time of Trump

It is a scene of absolute chaos and disorder, of total disdain for rules and process, fueled by devotion not to a principle but to a man, Trump.

Tolls' bell has rung, so prepare to pay up, Connecticut taxpayers

Both the governor and Senate leader have now said a push to impose tolls in the state won't be revived, but they are open to raising revenue elsewhere.

Pragmatic Lamont resists tax hike talk

Gov. Lamont has warned a tax-the-rich approach would drive billionaires from the state. He shows no signs of changing that stance.

Lawmakers assume their leadership positions, or don't

The leadership assignments for the coming state legislative session were handed out recently. When it comes to appropriating, the region is well represented. But concerning House chairmanships, not so much.

Tolls make more sense than higher gas tax

Gas taxes will provide diminishing returns as motor vehicle efficiency improves and the fleet of hybrid and electric cars expands.

Lamont was right, Connecticut needs tolls

In three years the transportation fund will be broke and all signs point to the situation only getting worse as driving trends change.

I'll take the vaccine, hold the bacon

As you’ve read, developing a vaccine against the new, highly contagious, sometimes deadly and sometimes benign virus has been an unprecedented undertaking. That line is always ominous in a sci-fi flick.

Yeah, I'm talking 2022 already

On an otherwise bad day for Connecticut Republicans, Sen. Heather Somers won easily, which could set her up for a bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2022.

Recalling state GOP glory days

Thirty-six years ago, Connecticut Republicans also had a presidential incumbent at the top of their ticket seeking a second term. That worked out much better for them than this time.

Local races to watch on Tuesday

I expect large turnout driven by Trump fervor — more against than for — will make it a good day for Democrats. Look for the party to expand its 22-14 Senate and 91-60 House majorities.

Voting in Connecticut will get easier, the only question is when and how

Republicans would be making a mistake if they try to get in front of this train.

Unmasking Dubitsky's anti-science nonsense

Rep. Dubitsky faces Democrat Kate Donnelly in his re-election bid. She believes in science. That alone is enough to make her the better choice.

Absentee voting 2020, your questions answered

Republicans, with President Trump being the chief alarmist, have warned of massive fraud. There is no evidence to support the hysteria.

Digital world helps 'people peaceably to assemble'

The boat parade was a reminder that even in blue-state Connecticut, which I suspect Biden will carry easily, Trump has a large group of loyal supporters.

Talking taxes with ideological and political adversaries

The two candidates for state Senate in the 20th District agree the state will need to find more revenues, but disagree on the details of where those revenues should come from.