While legislative Democrats double talk on the issue of Telecommuting brought to the forefront by House Republicans last week, the plan to allow state employees to telecommute one day a week, saving taxpayer dollars, alleviating traffic congestion and saving fuel, the plan is gathering critical support.
The Hartford Courant editorialized in favor of the proposal and points out that Democrats were in favor of the idea last session, and perhaps they just want the idea to be theirs.
The Democrats want telecommuting to be part of a bipartisan discussion on how to reduce the cost of state government and get cars off the road. No one’s stopping them from scheduling that discussion, which should include other possible efficiencies, such as a four-day work week.
Here’s a suggestion for Item 1 on the agenda: Conserve hot air by working together.”
-Hartford Courant, July 20, 2008.
Also, The Norwich Bulletin editorialized today in favor of the proposal as well, also pointing out that if the legislature really wants to save money, there’s something else they can do:
Legislators might want to consider another proposal that could be just as effective – completing their work on time, thus avoiding the need to recall the entire Capitol staff to Hartford for special sessions.
The Legislature called two special sessions this year to complete work that could have – should have – been completed during the regular session. There was another special session last year to adopt the bonding package. It’s become a ritual.
Ending special sessions would save staff members gas money, lower pollution levels and ease highway congestion and maybe save taxpayers’ money as well. It would also help municipalities plan better if the Legislature completed all of its work on time.”
-The Norwich Bulletin, July 21, 2008.
The CSEA/SIEU Local 2001 continues to support the proposal, and you can read their blog here.