Today the Bonding Commission is scheduled to take up a proposal to bond $1.07 billion to support a laundry list of projects - even as we learn that the state, just weeks after the Legislature finally agreed on a budget, is already back in the red.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes explained,“With this agenda, the state is committing its support to essential economic development, housing, school construction, fire training school, and other critical infrastructure projects that were on hold as we operated without an enacted budget for nearly four months into the fiscal year,”
We understand that some projects may be vital to local communities, in particular those that might support businesses or improvements to infrastructure that may have become a safety hazard. But we’re puzzled as to why the state would go forward with a plan that local residents object to: $9 million for construction of a bath house building, lifeguard office, concession building, and a maintenance facility at Silver Sands State Park in Milford.
Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, who represents the area, said, “The people of Milford have spoken loudly and clearly in opposition to this ill-conceived build-out of Silver Sand.”
She added, “People deserve to have a say to what happens in their community, particularly when it comes to major, transformative construction projects like what had been proposed at Silver Sands.”
Frankly, we couldn’t agree more. We think local residents should have a say in any project that would bring substantial change to their area.
Put another way, we shouldn’t foolishly spend money we don’t have - especially in the face of local opposition.