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Exposing Boughton's sleight of hand

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Time: 5:53 PM

Okay, I'm going to take this step by step and show Mayor Boughton's sleight of hand in action.

Here's a quote from the honest one regarding his city budget proposal.
Boughton said the budget proposal he plans to present Tuesday is based on getting the same state aid that the city received last year -- as outlined in Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget proposal released in February.

If state funding was reduced, he said, it would impact the city's ability to deliver services and result in layoffs.

"I will not saddle the taxpayers with a large increase," he said. "(If state funding was reduced) we would have to do layoffs and eliminate positions. Right now, we are proposing no layoffs."

Okay folks, hold on to your seats because NOW I'm going to show you why, when it comes to layoffs, the mayor is not telling you the complete picture...because as a former State Rep, Boughton (and anyone who's been paying attention to the events at the State Capitol) already knows that the state budget proposal presented by Gov Rell is off balanced by at least 2 BILLION dollars.

For your viewing pleasure, watch the following video made by a member of My Left Nutmeg.

Got it?

AGAIN, the budget proposal which Gov. Rowland-Rell presented back in February was based on deficit of 6 billion dolars when the actual figure is 8.7 dollars.

In other words, the governor's proposal is a joke and NOT realistic.

From last Friday, here's State Senator Don Williams outlining the governor's dishonesty.

Here's State Rep. Bob Godfrey explaining the governor's budget gap in terms people can understand.

Also, when House Speaker Chris Donovan and area lawmakers held a forum at WCSU last month, they detailed the MASSIVE problem with the governor's proposal and released this document that further explains the dilema we all face (you can also download the file by clicking here).

In short, the governor's proposal won't work PERIOD...and this means that the probability of Danbury and other cities not receiving the same level of funding from the state as last year is about 99.99999999999999999 PERCENT!

Heck, the governor has even conceded that her budget was out-of-whack last week...
Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget office is predicting that the state budget deficit for the next two fiscal years will be nearly $7.4 billion, about one billion higher than first projected.


In February, Rell proposed a two-year, $38.4 billion budget that assumed a $6 billion deficit for the two fiscal years beginning July 1.

But Democrats in the Legislature criticized Rell for using that figure when the Office of Fiscal Analysis had predicted an $8.6 billion deficit.

Again, as a former State Rep, Boughton KNOWS this yet he's playing a game of sleight of hand in order to avoid stating that he's layoff employees in his budget address...his most highly visible address he presents as mayor (the second most visible being the state of the city address).

Remember who told you this first...

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

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