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Rep. Staneski Op-Ed: Carefully watching your money

Posted on June 21, 2018 by jdooley


Many people are not aware that Connecticut has an independent state office that is tasked with going through every state department and agency making sure there is no undo government waste, abuse of state spending, or unfair working and hiring practices.

The office of the Auditors of Public Accounts primary mission is to conduct audits of all state agencies. However, there has never been any formal follow through on these audit reports from the General Assembly. Last year, Republicans pushed through a provision, which permits for the oversight committees of cognizance to conduct a review of the auditors’ reports within 180 days after they have been submitted.

I supported this provision as members of the General Assembly would continually receive auditors’ reports, some with major violations and waste of state resources, and the leadership of the legislature would just turn a blind eye to the auditors’ findings and recommendations—many that have been repeated by various agencies multiple times and never properly addressed.

As the Ranking Republican on Higher Education, late last week, I sent a joint letter, along with my Republican colleague, Senator Art Linares, to our counterparts of the Higher Education committee asking for our committee to conduct legislative hearings in order to resolve the ongoing findings and possible state waste issues cited by the state auditors regarding the Connecticut State University – Systems Office, the Community Colleges, the Charter Oak Foundation, and the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC).

For instance, UConn Health Center gave raises to employees who approved a contract for a the interim head of the center, rehired retirees who worked longer than they should have according to executive fiats, and paid some employees more than they should have, according to their contracts.

We should not have important findings by the Auditors of Public Accounts collect dust on a shelf somewhere. That practice does nothing but allow further fiscal malfeasance to continue unabated to the detriment of the taxpayers of Connecticut.

As always please feel free to contact me on this or any matter that is of importance to you.

State Rep. Pam Staneski, Orange Lawmakers Talk Legislative Session over Coffee

Posted on June 9, 2018 by jdooley


ORANGE – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) and State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) hosted a coffee hour on Friday, June 2nd at Chip’s Family Restaurant to have a casual conversation about the 2018 legislative session. The lawmakers discussed the bipartisan budget, reform for more efficient special needs treatment and addressed senior issues with representatives of AARP.  

The lawmakers encourage those who were unable to make it to visit to find a copy of the 2018 Major Public Acts Report, which provides detailed analysis of bills passed during the session. 






State Rep. Pam Staneski Op-ed: Benefits of the Electoral College

Posted on May 22, 2018 by jdooley


This year the CT House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution to join an interstate compact calling for the state’s electoral votes to go the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. This is terribly misguided.

The Electoral College (EC) is an elegant institution, chosen by the Founders for a number of important reasons. First, it places a layer of protection between an election and the installation of the president, preventing a truly unfit person from serving. Second, it recognizes the sovereignty of the states (we are The United States of America, not The United People of America!) and prevents small states from becoming insignificant in the electoral process. Without the EC, candidates would entirely abandon small states. California, Texas, and Florida have over 30% of the voting population but only 23% of the Electoral College.

Third, the Electoral College is what primarily preserves our strong two-party tradition, forcing national candidates to the center and requiring broad support to govern. Without the Electoral College we would have dozens of factious parties, leading to presidents without the consensus to lead, and unstable, revolving-door coalition governments. In a large and diverse nation such as ours, the EC prevents single-issue and geographical fragmentation, leading to more truly egalitarian election results, not less. Imagine if the “winner” of the election got 8% of the vote! In last year’s Dutch elections, 28 parties fielded candidates and this in a country of 17 million people!

Fourth, the Electoral College quarantines voting disputes. In 1960, Kennedy beat Nixon by less than one vote per precinct nationally, but the recount was confined to Illinois because of the Electoral College. Similarly, in 2000, the popular votes for Gore and Bush were very close, but the recount was confined to Florida. Without the Electoral College, such close elections could paralyze the government as lawsuits, challenges, and recounts in possibly thousands of jurisdictions turned the election into a nightmare, leaving us without a clear winner long afterwards.

The Electoral College has served us very well, with the overall popular vote winner differing from the Electoral College vote winner only 5 times in 57 elections, and each of those elections was essentially a toss-up. We should be leery of tinkering with the Electoral College.

As always, if you have any thoughts or concerns you’d like me to be aware of, please contact my office direct at 800-842-1423 or email