So what's the beef in Hartford?
Today, upon the insistence of House and Senate Republicans, the "Committee of 10" met to review the extension of COVID-19 emergency orders issued by Governor. The Senators and House Reps were careful not to downplay his original orders, but did raise the issue that the Connecticut of today is not the same Connecticut from March-and rightfully so. Everyone knows more about the virus now and Connecticut residents and visitors for the most past have buckled down and followed through on the Governor's executive orders. What the Republicans were really concerned about is the precedent the extension sets...
Isn't the legislature the branch of government that sets the policy? And the Governor's Administration is the branch that makes recommendations, negotiates and executes the policy set by the legislature?
Much like a CEO running a company, it's the legislature that really sets the vision and the direction of the state. The Governor's Administration is more like the CFO, COO and CMO. To me, that's what today's meeting was really all about.
The Governor is sticking with his restrictions on a variety of small businesses-many are struggling to stay afloat and properly function under the orders. State government is still shut down for the most part and working remotely under less-than-ideal conditions. Even the legislature is preparing for a second special session where they will once again be using the remote processes they first tried out earlier this summer.
There are significant issues brewing for the 2021 Session, it will be interesting to see how CT-N will be able to carry all of the remote happenings with its limited channels. There's more than 20 committees to cover and there will be thousands of Connecticut residents trying to take part in the process, stay informed and see what decisions are being made. For many, trying to deliver testimony and hear important debates through Zoom just doesn't cut it.
After all, it was just a few centuries ago that folks here became very upset with our buddies across the pond over government action without proper representation