We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Answer here. This was a Democrat policy accomplishment, combined with a large dose of noblesse oblige. Mission accomplished.Thanks, greedy Dems, for killing our golden goose. You have fundamentally transformed our traditional Yankee state with its old traditional values of thrift and sturdy self-reliance.
And special thanks to Gov. Weicker, who rapidly exited the state after instituting his new taxes. His noblesse oblige is on us, not him.
CT should have branded itself as the lower tax alternative between Boston and New York. But it assumed that its postwar wealth, being the state with the highest per capita income, meant that the CT economy was the golden goose that would give tax money in perpetuity.
I used to say that the CT economy was based on fear. Its three main anchors were: NY suburb, insurance, and defense contractors. Fear of crime drove people out of NYC. Insurance and defense- need I say more?
As a native of the poorer, more rural and also Boston oriented eastern part, I never had much fondness for the NY suburb part of CT. Note that Lowell Weicker was from Greenwich, and the current governor is from Stamford. I didn't know that Weicker left the state after his term as governor.
The rural area I grew up in was a childhood paradise, with abundant woods for exploration and a swimming hole visible from the kitchen window. Which reminds me of one definition of living in the country: you know you are in the country when you can pee in your own back yard without anyone seeing. The urban-suburban place I live in now is meh compared to what I grew up in.
But as I left CT years ago, what it does with its economy is no direct concern of mine.
The Democrats had a lot of help from "me too" Republicans from the Southwest corner of the state and far too many greedy people with their hand out or shaking fists in people's faces.
The biggest new business in the state is that huge "for lease" place that never seems to need any customers. the irony is that with the right thinking on taxes Connecticut would be an ideal place to start and operate high tech businesses. It has great schools, lots of tech talent a bunch of small business vendors, for now, and access to anything a business might need. But the people in Hartford have been determined to work as hard as they can to ruin it all because I have to believe that they can't kill the golden goose no matter what they do.