CT Governors have limited powers, and cannot simply just "repeal" a law or abolish a tax. My Lieutenant Governor and I will make unannounced "Undercover Boss" type of visits to all state agencies STARTING WITH THE DMV. Customer service and streamlining this agency is a top priority. The days of waiting all day, and be treated like crap are over!
Through executive order I will do the following:
On my first day in office I will declare a transportation emergency and reduce night hours of CT Fast Track operations.
Establish a Return On Investment (Net Benefits/total cost) and Cost Benefit Analysis ensuring the state is examining options, spending more like a business, ensuring tax payers are getting the most bang for their buck.
I will issue an executive order imposing an investigation of efficiency of work, and duplication of work in ALL state agencies.
Sec 31 Sec 3-6 under the investigatory authority of Governor I will formulate plans for better coordination.
The 200 appointees of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will see an immediate 15% reduction in pay.
I plan to propose a balanced budget. Our current budget puts us in another huge deficit. If the balance is not budgeted by the time I take office, under the powers and authority given to me, I will impose an immediate 2% reduction in all areas.
If the 2% budget reduction is ineffective, I will call for a Special Legislative Session. In addition to the Special Session I will reduce overall appropriations by 4% with the Finance Advisory Committee.
I will issue an executive order directing Commissioners to review and reduce justification of overtime.
I will issue an executive order imposing an investigation of efficiency of work, and duplication of work in ALL state agencies.
Under the investigatory authority of a Governor (Sec 31 Sec 3-6) I will formulate plans for better coordination.
Implement a State closure and realignment commission for state owned and leased properties saving tens of millions.
Implement a Jury Duty technology and reform.
“Home garaged” state employee vehicle use will see a 50% reduction. State law enforcement will not be part of those cuts.
I will reduce the total number of employees in "Exempt Group" by 1/3rd.
I will establish a “city deficit” earned state investment or “bailout” committee to review major cities in debt and receiving state aid. Tax payers need assurance that their hard-earned dollars are not supporting municipal waste. Committee members will be comprised of legislative leaders from both parties, CROG, and Cost.
I will place a cap on bonding at $1 billion per fiscal year. I will include an Emergency exemption clause with a unanimous vote from bond commission members. In the last 3 fiscal years Governor Malloy borrowed over $9.5 BILLION!
Under the Governors' Powers and Authority I will also do the following:
Direct DSS Commissioner to review and separate EBT card usage by type.
Direct DSS Commissioner to change policy of 2 warning letters to 1 warning letter in a case of EBT card fraud.
Direct a review of all job assignments.
All agencies will be directed to curb end of fiscal year “use it or lose it” spending.
Establish a state fraud “whistleblower” tips reward program.
Change the DC Premises Office Rental to "shared space" with other Governors.
Reduction of overtime of Governors security detail, augmented by CT National Guard.
Increase Connecticut's state fraud unit staff. We need to start enforcing laws, fines, and penalties.
Establish a monthly post audit for unauthorized locations on EBT use.
Reduce state budget support for UConn and establish a committee to oversee spending.
Removal of redundant or duplicate security within all state buildings.
6 February 2018
Joint Press Release:
Micah Welintukonis, unaffiliated candidate for governor, announced Saturday at a campaign event that Chiara Mannheimer, a resident of Torrington, will be his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
Chiara offers diversity and a skill set lacking in most politicians. She feels that being able to relate to all the residents of Connecticut, and not just the select few that the major political parties cater to, is an essential need in order for our state to grow and thrive.
Chiara stated she wants Connecticut to regain its title as one of the best places to live, learn, and build business. She says she respects Micah for his boots on the ground approach to addressing the issues facing the state, and his willingness to be the initiator of change, rather than sitting back expecting change to happen.
Micah said, “This is an important moment for the people of Connecticut to have a real voice in change. Voters are taking notice of and appreciating our grass roots efforts. Our motto ‘ConnectiCan’ means that we can forge ahead, we can bring about necessary change, and we can truly represent all the people.”
With people like Micah and Chiara willing to make the changes this state needs, we are on to the start of something great for Connecticut.
To learn more about Chiara click here.
As many of you well know we are facing an over $200 Million deficit. As an Unaffiliated candidate for governor, I wanted to take the time to offer some possible solutions. I whole heartedly urge you to review the following expenditures I have identified in our state.
In the last Fiscal year, our tax dollars shelled out roughly $1.5 Billion in fringe benefits alone (transparency.ct.gov). Managers’ and political appointees’ fringe benefits should be reviewed and reduced. Currently we have state employees collecting hazard duty towards their retirement, that does not warrant it. Please review personnel assigned to the Connecticut Department of Corrections Central Office, 24 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, CT. There are numerous people who do not step foot in a prison.
With the closing of numerous correctional facilities, what happened to the Deputy wardens, and other high management non-union employees? Millions has been spent in overtime pay this fiscal year; using per diem, part-time employees that receive no benefits can reduce costs.
On another note, CT Transit buses are often completely empty at night, yet still operating around our state. The Governor has the authority to declare a transportation emergency and hours can be changed.
In regard to UConn, they can grant a paid sabbatical leave for a period of one year (two academic semesters). Leave may be taken for the full period at half pay or for up to half the period at full pay. According to the UConn Board of Trustees Agenda and Attachment dated February 22, 2017, there were 40 sabbatical leaves listed. For example, Robert Astur, an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, applied for sabbatical for the “Full Fall” 2017. The total for his 2017 salary was $95,659! Also, UConn’s President Susan Herbst’s annual salary is slated to be more than double that of the President of the United States, and more than five times that of Governor Malloy.
UConn is projecting the following fringe benefit increases for future budget years projections:
Description FY18 FY19* FY20* FY21* FY22*
Faculty 55.6 57.0 58.0 59.0 60.0
Professional 67.3 69.0 70.0 72.0 73.0
In addition, since July 1, 2017, the state has spent the following (opencheckbook.ct.gov):
$22.82 million on Premises Rentals. In November 2017 I did an FOIA Request concerning furniture expenditures. I noticed on the state contracting portal (DAS Contract #15PSX0041) that numerous contractors had gone out of business. I was shocked to hear that there is no actual expenditure information in the systems with manufacturers and DAS Procurement Services.
$9.85 million in Motor Vehicle Rentals. According to the FOI I received, "home garaged" vehicles accounted for $9.85 million (Non-Law Enforcement); that also does not include fuel.
$1.15 million in Payments to Inmates/Clients
$1.11 million on Out-Of-State Travel
$346,224 in Storage Expenses
$170,947 in Catering Services
$117,784 for In-State Travel
$91,538 under “Transportation of Persons-Gen” expense category, was paid to RM Bradley, Commercial Brokerage and Property Management
$76,950 to Kramer Entertainment Agency
$35,770 to Connecticut Parson Team
$28,144 for Beeper/Pager Services (Who still has these?)
$25,000 to Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment
$11,163 to Edgewood Party Rentals
$9,749 to Drapemasters of Hartford
$5,761.39 a month for the Governor’s 2nd office space in DC
(not including other fees)
$8,794 to Yellow Taxi
$8,741 to Pryme Tyme Entertainment
$3,000 to William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
$2,000 for “Design Studio,” please see “General Honoraria”Fund
Eliminating wasteful spending can only benefit our state.
Micah needs your help in fighting wasteful spending. Please support him now by donating here.
Micah can be contacted 860-682-0233 or via email at Micah4CT@yahoo.com
Unaffiliated Candidate for Governor
What’s the difference? What does it have to do with the state budget? Deficit is a measure of a single year’s budget shortfall, it's a difference between what our state government takes in and what it spends. In recent years, the deficit has been increasing, thanks to bad leadership, people and companies leaving, and increasing government spending. Our upcoming deficit will hit a mind-boggling $6 Billion for the next two fiscal years.
Part of the annual budget goes to paying debt. Debt=all money owed, which is an astonishing $100 Billion. Our tax dollars paid over $2.2 Billion towards debt last fiscal year alone! Learn more on how I will fix both at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
Help move Connecticut ahead. Your support is so important. https://ctcan.nationbuilder.com/donate
As a retired member of our military I learned that great leaders set the example. Once I am elected governor, I promise to first cut my salary in half. Secondly I will work with the Connecticut General Assembly to enact the "Recall Vote". In other words, I will earn your trust and respect. The people should not be burdened with a governor for four painstaking years. Under my administration, the people will have the ability to recall a sitting governor.
It's time that we put a leader in office that truly cares about Connecticut, and will set the example for others to follow. Please support him now by donating here.
To learn more about Micah's plan please go to http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
Here are some examples of how your tax dollars are not being used wisely. We need a fiscally responsible person as Governor
Micah needs your help in fighting wasteful spending, and bringing back fiscal common sense. Please support him now by donating here.
$ 75.00 AN HOUR FOR DESIGN SERVICES OF EXISTING CLIENT AGENCY FURNITURE
Contract # 14PSX0186
The budget to print the Governors budget(s) $45K. The 2018 supplement costs $20.11 per page with 4, 241 sets of the supplement.
Printing, binding, shipping and delivering of CT LAW costs $18.54 a page
With 4,484 pages of 16 volume sets. http://www.biznet.ct.gov/scp_search/ContractDetail.aspx…
Composition of Connecticut general statutes Electronic Pages and HTML Version of the 2017 Connecticut General Statutes in some cases can cost up to $ 6.50 per page.
Design Service Rate (for existing furniture only, and to reconfigure existing furniture product only with new ordered product Per Hour: $60.00 / Hour http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Doc…/…/14390/14PSX0186%20CA.pdf
Moving and ordering plants for the legislative building. Contract# JCLM17REG0013 labor rate $36.00/hour Materials- Markup Percentage Cost plus 25% markup. http://www.biznet.ct.gov/…/Contract_Interior%20Plant%20Main…
Integrated voice response for off-hour paratransit scheduling. $20,330 http://www.biznet.ct.gov/…/Re…/11663/NFP%20X005%20Awards.pdf
Central Connecticut State University 4 hours of fun, and a swag bag. $100K http://www.biznet.ct.gov/…/Resul…/17227/2017-03%20awards.pdf
$119,427.00 for firewood. FYI CT DOT cuts trees and dumps the wood all the time!
Micah Welintukonis, unaffiliated petitioning candidate for governor, is a Connecticut resident, retired Army veteran, and public servant. A champion and game changer, Micah is a proven dedicated fighter for what is right. He served in Kosovo during his first stint of active duty in the 1990s. Later, as a member of the Connecticut National Guard, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. A few years after; returned to full time service. He deployed to Afghanistan as both the senior manager, and senior medic with his area of responsibility being the size of New Jersey. On 9 July 2012 during a coordinated and complex attack, he was shot in the left arm. He continued on and while still under enemy fire, attempted to rescue injured Americans. Micah was then severely injured by a direct hit from a suicide bomber.
During his time in the military Micah rose through the ranks to Sergeant First Class, and obtained hundreds of hours of valuable education. Additionally he gained valuable first hand experience in fiscal responsibility, budgeting, and leadership. He has received numerous evaluations with ratings of "AMONGST THE BEST" in positions he held. Micah has also accumulated an impressive array of military awards and medals, including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation with Valor, White House Coin, Combat Medic Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Commanding Generals Certificate of Merit, and the Coast Guard and United States Marine Corps Certificates of Appreciation. At the time of his injury from the suicide bomb attack on July 9, 2012, he was the senior manager and senior medic, certified at the highest levels, and performed many life-saving missions with skill and care for the men and women with whom he served.
After the bombing and injury, despite the uncertainty doctors had concerning the stability of his condition, Micah was flown from Landstuhl Hospital in Germany to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Under these extraordinary circumstances he was still suffering in agonizing pain from his life threatening abdominal and left arm injuries. His amazing wife Camilla was at his bedside comforting him, but it was clear that his condition was very serious. It was his incredible inner strength and ferocious will to live that carried him through that dark hour and a long and difficult recovery. With the support of his wife and family, today Micah is healthy and ready to continue his mission of public service by supporting the people of Connecticut.
It can be guaranteed that Micah will be a passionate advocate for the community and the hard working people of the State of Connecticut. Micah is active in veterans' service organizations, the American Red Cross, and serves as the Director of InTheLineOfDuty, a volunteer-run charity for First Responders. In addition to that community involvement, he has also served as the Coventry town council’s Vice-Chairman. Where he served on both the finance and emergency planning committees. He also served as the director of legislative affairs for a state veteran organization. Micah also organizes and participates in fundraisers, walk-a-thons, school visits, and rallies, and addresses community issues and national veterans media events to generate funds and awareness of the challenges people face. Micah has also gained national attention and was invited to the White House twice, in addition to attending President Obama’s State of The Union Address in 2013. Originally from Windsor, Micah currently resides with his wife Camilla and children in Coventry.