New York's Common Core testing madness is one year ahead of Connecticut's, which means parents know more and are taking action to protect their children. Last summer, the majority of parents in New York State were told their children were failures as a result of that state's version of the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core testing scheme. As a result, parents were prepared for this year's testing scam and record numbers of public school students were opted-out of the testing fiasco.
As a result of Connecticut's landmark 2005 campaign finance reform bill, in return for raising $250,000 in contributions of under $100, Dan Malloy and the Republican nominee for governor have each received $6.2 million in public funds to pay for their gubernatorial campaigns. The original concept was that in return for a multi-million dollar campaign donation from the public, candidates would agree to forgo private funds raised from state contractors, lobbyists, political action committees, the wealthy and other special interest. Then lawmakers torpedoed the most important elements of the law.
At the end of May, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy stunned healthcare advocates when he vetoed an important bill that would have required insurance companies to provide data about how much substance abuse coverage and related mental health care they are actually providing Connecticut residents. Considering that the cost of appropriate substance abuse treatment and mental health services is far cheaper and more effective than dealing with the resulting violence and incarceration that often results from inadequate treatment, the bill was extremely appropriate.