Ups & Downs of Traveling

I’ve been taking a series of classes down in VA over the past few months

It has been interesting comparing the other states to CT as I’ve driven along the way.

Of course there is the simple Nicer Weather (mostly nicer it did get a Freezing Spell halfway thru my first stay while CT & Boston had a blizzard) than CT this winter. Enjoyable as I started stripping off layers on the drive down & then not so fun adding them back on as I drove back home to CT’s cold winter weather.

As I hear talk about adding Tollbooths back into CT; all I can think about is how the career democrat politicians have all lied to us when they removed the original tollbooths after the terrible multi-car & truck accident years ago.

These career democrat politicians stuck us with both Increased Sales Taxes & Increased Income Taxes! These Career Democrat Politicians are Breaking their Promises to Our Hard Working Taxpaying Families!
#DemocratWarOnWorkingFamilies

They promised both taxes wouldn’t be raised again but all taxes HAVE Been RAISED, including adding on taxes to items that were not previously taxed like our clothes costing less than $50.00 which hurt poor families.
The INCOME TAX that was supposed to be temporary but instead has not only Not Gone Away but Has Been RAISED!

Currently we are blessed enough to live close enough to the Mass border that we have been going there to purchase both gas & cartons of cigarettes. Since we have been quitting smoking & the gas prices lowered in the state we have started buying our gas once again in CT. The only question is “How long will that last?” since the career democrats are hellbent on raising all current & adding new taxes once again…

It is clearly shown that the career democrats who have been ruling our state for so many years have not the slightest clue on how their meddling is so badly hurting our families nor businesses.
Those who are able to do so shop elsewhere to avoid our high taxes. We have been losing businesses & hard working tax paying families with each year as more taxes & fees & crazy regulations are added in CT.

PA Rest Stop Jan 2015

Travelers should be wooed to our state to shop & visit our historical sites but our elected officials for as much as they travel on our taxpayer dollars they do not come back with ideas that can be used here in CT to bring in businesses or tourists or working taxpaying families.

In PA the Rest Stops are bright clean & scenic as well as being a safe place to pullover & rest on the long trip north or south.
In NY the rest stops aren’t quite as nice along 84 but frequent reminders to pull over to check the texts & double as state trooper roadside mini stations to be dispatched from.

Do you know that you can drive down to the DC area & back & only pay $1.50 in tolls from CT’s north most towns?

Our career democrat politicians want to drive away tourists who can & will tap the option Avoid Tolls on their GPS units or Google maps – Yes it might take you a bit out of the way but…

With beautiful countryside & clean rest stops along the way & even less traffic than going through NY/NJ turnpike systems; the extra miles & much less expense of tolls, it is well worth the trip.
The traffic avoidance alone it’s worth the extra mileage & will get you there in just about the same time but with less frazzled nerves due to the congestion & bad drivers at the many tollbooth stops.

Besides there are some nice family owned shops to stop & eat or shop along the way rather than the big box stores.

Can you guess where the most congested traffic always is on the way home to CT? Yes that’s right at the crazy mess of the tollbooth at the Beacon-Newburgh bridge where the tollbooths are!

With the addition of tollbooths the career democrat politicians are dooming our state to loads of increased debt & taxes that we do not need & can Not Afford!
Exactly why would any traveler come through CT with the highest gas taxes in the area?

#CallCTGeneralAssembly tell them #JustSayNoToTollBooths #CutSpending #StopAddingTaxes

PS: My Rant about More Gambling in CT is posted on another blog post which I’ll link back to here at a later date Life Calls so I must get to it

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Pet of The Week – Mindy

Mindy – Pet of the Week from Fox CT
Can you open your Heart & Home to her or another pet in need of a home?
#AdoptDontShop
#SaveALifeAdoptAShelterPet

FOX 61

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Mindy is a 6-year-old black long haired cat. She is looking for a home with kids over 8 years of age.

She has not had much experience with other carts or dogs but she might be willing to consider sharing her home with another furry friend.

To find out more about Mindy or other pets that need a home, contact the CT Humane Society.

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New England’s battle for casino gamblers begins

Why do our elected officials feel adding more vice will be the answer?
Why are our elected officials not looking at the bigger picture – there is a Mohegan Sun in the Poconos of Penn & the weather there is much warmer than here in CT or Mass & there isn’t the congestion that Atlantic City has.

We need to get over this Big City Envy that CT Elected Officials seems to be suffering from at the capitol & work on a tourism plan that will work for our CT families.
We have Historical Sites & Historical Homes that need to be Preserved & Promoted rather than being a very badly imitating state that is outrageous in prices & lack of parking….

WTNH Connecticut News

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WTNH) — The casino war between Massachusetts and Connecticut began in earnest Tuesday when MGM International broke ground for an $800 million casino resort just over the border in Springfield, Mass. This is the reason Connecticut’s tribes want to expand into northern, southern, and western Connecticut, and why a hastily written bill passed a legislative committee last week.

The $800 million MGM casino and entertainment complex will take up the entire 15-acre area that was ravaged by a tornado four years ago, three full blocks, a destination resort in an urban setting just 30 minutes from Hartford.

The big boss from MGM International, Jim Murren, who comes from Fairfield, says the satellite casino the Mashantuckets and Mohegans have proposed for northern Connecticut will be no competition.

“I don’t think that is entertainment, I think that is a poor excuse for competition,” said Murren. “I’m more than happy to go toe-to-toe with…

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WYBI: Job Development Grants and CCSS?

Is this going on in CT?
If you have heard about this update me on what is happening & what they are calling it here in CT.

commoncorediva

Known by a bevy of names, let’s see what we can learn today about CCSS and job development investments grants. Are they only in NC (where I first learned about them) or are these in other states? If so, what are the educational implications?

Some of the companies here love NC. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens. Some of the companies here love NC. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.

The Name Game:

As knee deep into CCSS as NC is, I wasn’t too terribly surprised to find one more ‘cutesy’ name to identify yet another grab at jobs and the economy..but is all this tied to education? If so, how? The first name I came across was JDIG, standing for “Job Development Investment Grants”. All the information about JDIGs wasn’t on a JDIG website. No, all the information I found was on a site called “Thrive in NC”. (see: http://www.thrivenc.com/incentives/financial/discretionary-programs/job-development-investment-grant) Now, if you look at the top of…

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Goodwin College hosts free dental clinic for children

This is a very good thing for those who missed the annual free dental clinic last weekend that was difficult for some families to get to with the distance.
Dental schools & nursing schools should be as part of their training be doing quarterly at least clinics for our families that can’t afford big medical bills. The cost of such clinics could be offset by having sliding fee scale for a copay…
Insurance is not healthcare & neither is a website – clinics like these do more to help poor working families & is where our tax dollars should be focused upon.

WTNH Connecticut News

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Goodwin College is hosting a free dental clinic for children across the greater Hartford area Wednesday.

The clinic is past of the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” program. The clinic will include free dental cleanings, fluoride, dental exams, and radiographs (x-rays), and dental referrals (if needed) to children under the age of 18. There is no cost to parents of any kind.

There are approximately 50 appointments available. Interested parents should contact the clinic at 860-218-1800 to ensure there is space for their child.

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Report: Connecticut lags much of US in personal income rise

Hard to move ahead in income when the jobs are fleeing the state as fast as they can

WTNH Connecticut News

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New federal statistics show Connecticut residents failed to see their incomes rise as much last year as most other Americans did.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday that Connecticut was 39th among the states in percent change in personal income from 2013 to 2014. Personal income is the sum of net earnings, property income and transfer payments such as pensions.

Connecticut’s 3 percent rise from 2013 to 2014 also lagged other New England states except Maine, where it rose 2.9 percent.

Unemployment in Connecticut has been consistently higher than joblessness nationwide. And well-paid manufacturing and insurance jobs have eroded.

Connecticut was No. 1 in in the United States in per-person income last year, at $62,467.

Mark LeClair, a Fairfield University economics professor, said Connecticut’s strength is its wealth, not income.
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