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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Credit: Malloy Campaign on Twitter
lmf59 March 31, 2014 at 10:33 am
Super. But this thread is supposed to be about CT and its governor. These things get so off topic.
Robert Chambers March 31, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Such dazzling reparte!
David Parsons March 31, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Maria Young, there are quite a few European countries that are called "socialist" by manyRead More people. The per capita incomes of Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, and Sweden are all higher than the USA.
John Lucker January 29, 2014 at 01:06 pm
One other random thought which is something we all need to think about I think. We know The HartfordRead More generates about $2M in taxes a year as I recall. And we know that that form of development is about as good as it might get for Simsbury from a net economic benefit perspective. So let's suppose we could bring more developments like The Hartford to town. How about supposing we could fill all the big available properties on Route 10 with more developments like The Hartford. I count about 6 such areas - 2 near CL&P, The Hartford and the field next to it, available space in Powder Forest, and the North End. Six. So that would generate approximately $12 million of tax revenue (not economic benefit per se but pure revenue). Let's not quibble about the inexact nature of my analysis here because it's probably directionally correct. So if we max out the town and build the corridor all out, the most we will ever get is about $12 million in new taxes (actually $10 million since The Hartford is already built). That's all there is. So while an extra $10 million in taxes would be awesome, it's not going to fundamentally solve our Town's problems. It's not going to flip the burden on homeowners to be a burden on business. It's not going to generate massively more money for Town investment or education, etc. So to me that means that our Town needs to be very thoughtful about what we do with our available land and what type of development goes in the open land. In my opinion, Big Y is not the best development for that open land nor is it even close to revenue maximizing for the town. It is in fact not very tax maximizing at all. A friend of mine who analyzes such things lives in Canton. He told me this about the Shoppes mall in Canton: "The Shoppes bring in roughly $1.3 million in property taxes every year, or about 3.1% of Canton' s overall budget. Our budget increases, on average, about 2% a year so we need to build the equivalent of the Shoppes at least every other year to keep pace." So Simsbury should think about this and what it means analogously to our town. Putting grocery stores and strip malls up, etc will not enhance our town, the tax base, the lifestyle, etc. We need proactive thinking, planning and execution and at some point we need to recognize that long ago our town went down a path that created a destiny for us. Think of it as a combination of the Butterfly Effect and rational constraints based on our geographic location. The time for Simsbury to be different than we are has probably come and gone. We need to work with what we have and do it thoughtfully and with reality and pragmatism in mind. We must recognize that massive property tax relief is just not going to happen anytime soon or likely at all. So given what we have to work with, what do we want our town to become with the developable space we have? Do we do it reactively or proactively?
J A January 29, 2014 at 02:04 pm
@John.. Very well stated in both posts. If there was a true effort underway to draw in businessesRead More a significantly better approach should have and would have been in place. The Hartford leaving should not have come as a surprise. They've hinted for some time it could and would likely happen.. Yet when the time came, there was no backup plan, nothing substantive in the works that we could have, as a town, moved on. Your point of reactive vs. proactive is a case study in what happened with The Hartford. We invest dollars upon dollars on land trust items, yet do next to nothing on true economic development. Again, everything in balance. There's nothing wrong with Land Trust, to a point, as long as there is a solid, documented and executable plan to business development as well. As regards Big Y, it may (or may not) be the best overall business, but it is at least a start and one, I hope, that shows others that investing in Simsbury is a sound choice. I also agree with your assessment of the make up of the Task Force. Was there a nomination or selection process by skill set for the resident involvement, or was this once again a "who do we know that we've known for years that will want to serve". I certainly saw no call for a selection process, nor a mission statement to go along with said process. These are things people who are SERIOUS about economic development do.. the plan in advance, they develop contingencies (for events like The Hartford), they are progressive in thinking about smart town growth, not regressive to the point at times where it feels like we're in Sleepy Hollow or Brigadoon.
John Lucker February 18, 2014 at 08:56 pm
As I said in my comments above, many businesses are Zero Sum Games - like groceries. Here's aRead More classic example of Zero Sum Game economics for groceries. After 74 years the Crown Market in West Hartford is shutting down. The owner says "strong competition from other stores in Bishops Corner, including Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market, Whole Foods and Big Y, which also features an in-store kosher meat butcher and kosher deli department. He initiated a number of promotions, but special discounts and customer loyalty programs were not enough to keep the business going." http://touch.courant.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79349916/
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David Moelling August 23, 2013 at 02:52 pm
I see the Patch is following the hartford courant in not publishing the skin color of the suspect.Read More Other than sex, the single most recognizable personal feature is not supplied. The courant did this twice today. This is so PC as to be dangerous.
Brian C. Duffy August 23, 2013 at 08:27 pm
From the initial description and confirmed by the pix, it's obvious the suspect's skin isRead More "technicolor".
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