"We are moving toward an endemic phase of this virus. We are going to have to learn to live with it. People are going to have to use personal responsibility." -CT DPH Commissioner Juthani, making a great argument AGAINST statewide mandates and emergency executive powers.

ICYMI: Yesterday, I announced my campaign for Governor of Connecticut. Together, we can make our state more affordable and safe, and ensure that CT state government works for us, not the political insiders.

So I just finished tallying up the current Mayors/First Selectmen/chairs of Town Councils in Connecticut, and hoo boy, Connecticut GOP does quite well here. I'll have a map out within the next few days, time permitting.

@ryanfazio That is 1 week of summer camp that I now need to find the money for somewhere se in budget. We need summer camp because we are a 2 working parent family.

Go Steve, go!

Twitter feed video.Go Steve, go!
Steve Weir For CT@SteveWeirForCT

Announcing my run for the 55th House district. Government accountability/ transparency, fiscal responsibility, Public Safety and Freedom!

I can’t understand how a team like #Iowa has the 3rd-best offense in the entire NCAA but like the 160th best defense. How is there 0 correlation?! It’s the same athletes on both sides of the 🏀!

On the bright side, they & #Indiana are each gonna score 90 pts tonight. Fun game.

Improving health care access, the supply chain, & reducing inflation should be priorities for the legislative session. CT has among the most red tape in the country. I support legislation to cut red tape, incl. CON, excess licensing, expand telemedicine, & reduce costs.

Improving health care access, the supply chain, & reducing inflation should be priorities for the legislative session. CT has among the most red tape in the country. I support legislation to cut red tape, incl. CON, excess licensing, expand telemedicine, & reduce costs.
John Craven@johncraven1

You've heard about the severe nursing shortage in CT (and everywhere else)

Here are some ideas @CTDECD is looking at to get more nurses in the pipeline

Predictions are stubborn things. https://www.aei.org/poverty-studies/december-jobs-report-confirms-democrats-1-9-trillion-american-rescue-plan-didnt-produce-a-single-promised-job-in-2021/

I’m heartbroken for the Balkind family and everyone who knew and loved Teddy. We’re sending our love to the St. Luke’s and Brunswick communities. A horrible tragedy playing the game we all love #sticksoutforteddy

I want to send my deepest condolences on the tragic passing of Teddy Balkind. His loss is a shocking tragedy & the many testimonials from people across New Canaan paying tribute his character magnify that loss. My prayers are with the young man’s family & friends. God bless them.

CBO says that in 2020 and 2021, the federal government spent/is projected to have spent $2.4 trillion on "income security programs" (unemployment, food stamps, income tax credits, stimulus checks etc) and $1.5 trillion on defense https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/2021-07/57263-outlook.pdf

newsroom ideology measured by reporter surveys has an effect on the ideological slant of news content even after controlling for consumer preferences
#polisciresearch

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10584609.2021.1986613

Newsroom ideology:

Inflation & high taxes are hurting CT families. Today, our ⁦@CTSenateGOP⁩ caucus proposed an immediate sales tax cut that gives the avrg. family back $377 per year. The windfall from federal money & inflation should go to the people, not the gov’t.

Senate GOP wants to roll back sales tax rates in 2022

With state government on pace for another massive surplus, Senate Republicans want a temporary rollback of sales tax rates.

ctmirror.org

Let's be crystal clear. The best evidence we have (systematic review of 90 studies) is that closing schools approximately doubles COVID infection risk for kids.

If you vote to go on strike, please don't pretend you care about kids getting COVID.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8285769/ https://twitter.com/SSKedreporter/status/1478429199459405830

Sarah Karp@SSKedreporter

Chic Public Schools will cancel classes tomorrow if members of the Chicago Teachers Union vote refuse to teach in person. The union has scheduled a vote today.

Teachers and students who aren't in school are somewhere else and transmission is higher in communities than schools!

School closures do not reduce transmission and may increase it.

https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8285769/
https://nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01571-8
https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF02/20210922/114054/HHRG-117-IF02-Wstate-BethHegT-20210922.pdf
https://nber.org/papers/w28737

Stamford. Another "kitchen sink" seal, in the form of a coat of arms. Let's see. A ship, the arms of the council of Stamford, UK, a colonist and a Native, a water wheel, and keys. It's very busy and hard to look at, though not as bad as some. 2/5

The 3rd vaccine shot (booster) substantially helps protect against Omicron symptomatic infections (VE ~70-75%). A mechanism for this may be related to the breadth of memory B-cell response, not seen from a 2-dose vaccination
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.12.24.474084v1

Lots of great #SEC and #BigEast college basketball on tonight! Auburn's Jabari Smith could sneak ahead of Banchero and Holmgren to be the #1 pick next year! #Auburn #LSU #Providence #SetonHall #Alabama #Tennessee

The one million testing kits the state ordered are stuck on the West Coast and likely won’t be here by tomorrow meaning municipalities who scheduled distributions may have to cancelled leaving frustrated local officials to deal with angry residents.

I landed in the United States 10 years ago with nothing but credit card debt.

After one startup exit, one big tech job, and one unicorn, I genuinely believe that it wouldn't have been possible anywhere else in the world.

Here are 10 things I love about this country:

CT has the 6th lowest rate of economic growth since the pandemic began. All 5 states with lower growth are smaller than CT and energy producers or islands...We can do much, much better.

In Connecticut, 732 of the 925 patients (79 percent) who are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 are unvaccinated, according to the governor’s office #COVID19 #CoronavirusUpdates

NEW: The CDC will cut its recommended isolation time for Covid-positive people to 5 days, from the current 10, per person w/ knowledge of the decision. Story TK

“They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”: @JanCBS explains why she thinks 2021's biggest underreported story was the devastating impact of COVID policies on children

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

🎄Merry Christmas!🎄

In the holiday spirit, State Senator Ryan Fazio writes that Greenwich is infused with a sense of goodwill and giving, no matter the season.
A timely and well-delivered message by our State Senator in this week’s Greenwich Sentinel.

"The problem...was twofold: The FDA had authorized only a handful of different home tests, and those it had authorized could not increase manufacturing fast enough.... So far, the FDA has authorized only 13 rapid antigen tests" https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/12/the-biden-administration-rejected-an-october-proposal-for-free-rapid-tests-for-the-holidays

Latest CDC data by vaccine status:

Unvaccinated: 451 cases per 100k
Vaccinated: 134 cases per 100k
Boosted: 48 cases per 100k

Unvaccinated: 6.1 deaths per 100k
Vaccinated: 0.5 deaths per 100k
Boosted: 0.1 deaths per 100k

UK had a sharp decoupling between Covid cases and deaths through its recent delta wave, a trend that hopefully continues with omicron. This is a measure of vaccines and population immunity that’s mitigating the most severe impact of new infections, changing how we confront SARS2.

Join us TOMORROW for a town hall on cost of living, taxes, and CT’s economy with Greenwich FS @fcamillo, @YankeeInstitute’s @fitch_marc, and CT manufacturing exec. Beverlee Dacey. 🇺🇸

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-senator-ryan-fazios-inflation-taxes-and-cts-economy-forum-tickets-223401809827?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb&fbclid=IwAR3GtFu_jq3xvOa9u7G81RWlB20DJefbTZLKUWg1iERXvWPLfAec--_HOJM

US homicides, 2020: +29%
CT homicides, 2020: +31%

US homicides, 2021, for 87 big cities w/ data: +7%
CT homicides, 2021, for 2 big cities w/ data: +35%

CT needs a special session of the legislature YESTERDAY to make change and protect lives.

YTD Murder Comparison - Dashboards - AH Datalytics

www.ahdatalytics.com

#PWBM believes that the macroeconomic effects of the Build Back Better Act will decrease GDP by 0.2% by 2031, and 0.3% by 2040. Government debt is set to increase by 1.5% by 2050.

Read more: https://whr.tn/3kVMFZU

#BREAKING Commission recommends KEEPING John Mason statuary on the side of CT State Capitol but create a task force to study all statues there

3 members voted to remove statue

3 others voted to wait for more guidance

Ultimately state lawmakers will decide the statue’s fate

I've seen the argument many, many, many times that inflation is up everywhere so there is nothing US-policy specific to what we're seeing. Look at this comparison of US and euro area core inflation (trying to use as comparable measures as possible) and tell me if you agree.

I spoke at a Catholic school in Port Chester this AM, a mostly-Hispanic school & city bordering CT. A 6th-grade girl says to me after, “most of us are Republicans, b/c Dems divide people by groups & are the party of the very rich & poor, but Rs are the party of the middle class.”

World Health Organization: Preliminary data indicates hospitalizations in South Africa remain LOW, and emerging data indicates Omicron may cause LESS severe illness and is MILDER, but possibly more transmissible. Immunity through vaccination and previous infection is kicking in!

Systematic review of 90 studies, conclusion:

“Risks of infection among children in education settings was lower than in communities.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8285769/

This is what an out of control crime crisis looks like in just the past 10 days.

Our police are doing everything they can, but they need help from our state govt. We need a special session to reform the way we handle repeat or dangerous offenders and restore safety.

#CTPolitics

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