The tyranny of my government never ceases to amaze me. Please see these two articles from The New London Day:
State tells Rhode Island moving company: Don’t come to Connecticut http://m.theday.com/article/20120514/BIZ02/305149969/1113/mobile&template=mobile
Welcome to SSOC, the Socialist State of Connecticut: http://www.theday.com/article/20120516/NWS05/305169931
In this case, a small moving and storage company from RI wanted to expand their business into CT. They made the proper applications to the state, and spent $6,000 doing so. Their application was subsequently rejected by our CT DOT. As reported in The New London Day, the DOT’s response was the denial was based on “lack of proof by the applicant as the public need for its service. If the applicant had shown a public need, they could have been granted the authority”. (note: CT moving and storage companies are not precluded from doing business in RI to my knowledge)
Apparently, if you want to do business in CT, you must not only prove to the State you are qualified, you must prove to them there is a public need for your product or service. If the State decides the public has no need for your service, too bad for you the entrepreneurial business man willing to take the risk to create jobs, and too bad for We the People. The State has and will decide for us that we have enough.
Think about it. The benevolent and all knowing State, after thorough review and costly consideration decided for us citizens that we had no need for any more moving & storage companies, we have enough. I’m so relieved. I’m quite sure the existing moving companies are quite pleased to know they are a protected class and probably/most likely lobbied to get the state to turn down the application (crony capitalism is a logical conclusion).
How absurd, and clearly not to the benefit of we citizens. The State mandates less citizen choice and the benefit for We the People – poorer service at a higher price. Wow, I’m so thankful for the benevolence.
Why? Who benefits? Not us, the citizens. What other product or service has and will the State decide “we have enough”, and mandate the benefit of poorer service at a higher cost? And they call this progress.
Governor Malloy gleefully announced CT was open for business. I guess he meant as long as he, the King, decided we the people have a need for a new business, and if he didn’t, too bad for We the People, or you the businessman looking to hire new workers.
Here’s a few observations of CT’s economic situation:
- In January 2012, CT’s bond rating was downgraded by Moody’s from Aa2 to Aa3 with pension and funding of obligations a key challenge.
- We are 49th worst in unfunded public employee pension liabilities, both of CT’s unfunded liability accounts are rated Serious Concern by Pew
- 2011 CEO Executive magazine survey ranked CT 44th worst state for business
- Connecticut ranks 47th in the 2011 Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index
- 2011 Tax Freedom Day Arrives on May 2 in Connecticut, Latest in the Nation (we’re #1)
- Connecticut has the 5th biggest deficit nationally as a percentage of General Fund for 2009-2010
- In 2009, Connecticut’s State and Local Tax Burden ranked Third-Highest in Nation
As citizens, and consumers, We the People should be outraged that our state is deciding & controlling for us when we have enough of free market entrepreneurs. They do not know best, yet we let them decide.