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Clothing Allowance for Retired Teachers? Proposed Connecticut Budget Has Questionable Line Items

Middletown resident Ken McClellan asks his state senators and representatives to justify nonsensical expenses.

To the Editor:

We have a serious deficit in the state budget. I would like the state assembly and state senate, before they start looking for "new revenue" to make up the deficit, to start looking at what the state is spending, and ask “WHY?”  

In that vein, I have some questions about the state budget: the state website, Connecticut Transparency, has a very nice, searchable database of the state budget. In exploring this site, I’ve found some expenditures that really don’t make sense to me. I’d like my senators and representatives to check out and get some justification for these expenditures.  

  1. Teachers’ Retirement Board has a line item for $26 million for Clothing and Footwear. There is no explanation or detail. Why is the Teachers’ Retirement Board buying clothing and shoes?
  2. State Comptroller has a line item for Other Statewide Payments, Gross Proceeds for $3 million, with no detail. Where is this money going?

Ken McClellan, Middletown Republican Town Committee Chair

Sharon McLeod Goodwin March 26, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Clothing and shoes for retired teachers? First I have heard of this!!! Rather the reps. focus on our insurance and not take away from us in that area. Go after retired state employees who not only receive benefits, but their spouses, as well. Couldn't they give up some of theirs!!!

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