GOP Legislators Suggest Selling Bradl...

GOP Legislators Suggest Selling Bradley Airport

There are 40 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 18, 2009, titled GOP Legislators Suggest Selling Bradley Airport. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The Brooklyn Bridge isn't for sale - but Connecticut's biggest airport might be.

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Shoreliner

Pelham, NH

#1 Feb 19, 2009
For a number of reasons, this is a horrible idea.

The core problem facing Connecticut is that state spending is out of control. By selling BDL now, this would put a band aid on a situation that must be addressed now. Hard choices need to be made by our elected officials now.

Even if selling BDL was a great idea, Connecticut would not get full value for it given the current state of the credit markets.
wow

Portsmouth, RI

#2 Feb 19, 2009
I sent letters to state reps almost two years ago suggesting this. A private firm can do a much better job. Look around, most airports are run or owned by private firms. Then compare that to our stark serviceless airport.
downeaster

Ashburn, VA

#3 Feb 19, 2009
ridding the state of the expense to run the airport has more payback then the sale itself

eliminating theat number of jobs is huge, we will save on the pension, healthcare as well as the salary side and put money back in the general fund

problem when you give our legislature money they spend it ---quickly, look what they have done with the lottery, otb and casino returns

we might need to fix them first before we sell the airport
Isic

United States

#4 Feb 19, 2009
That's what we need, another public-private agency. We do no need another CRRA with high paid executives. The legislature never learns.
Scream and Shout

United States

#5 Feb 19, 2009
Sell the Governor's Mansion--Rell does not live there...Many States don't even have one OR a LT Governor either...The Speaker of the House just takes over...Saves money.
Town Cryer

White Plains, NY

#6 Feb 19, 2009
And then what...... state parks,beaches,the lottery, etc.
Other states are experimenting with selling OUT, and it's not working.
Bill

Berwick, PA

#8 Feb 19, 2009
""DOT does a great job running roads," said Sen. Gary LeBeau, D- East Hartford. "But I'm not sure they're great at economic development."

Ho ho ho, keep voting these guys in. Where has he been.
Surveyor

AOL

#9 Feb 19, 2009
"Bradley supports itself through user fees and gets no funding from the state." Haven't we been down this privatization road before with the last Federal Administration seeking to privatize everything? See what Blackwater got us. What a stupid idea; sell off one of the few state assets that pays for itself. Midway in Chicago ain't OHare and Daley had to override much opposition. Give us 50 years to see if it was a good idea.
Jim

Stoughton, MA

#10 Feb 19, 2009
This goes to show what I thought in the 1st place Bill Hamzy has finally drank so much right wing juice it is starting to affect how he legislates. Hey Bill why don't we sell Plymouth next.The Republican answer to everthing is Fascisim! Lets just give all of our assets to the rich and let them soak the tax payers threw fees!!! If you watched the testimony the moron from ING when he was confronted that the privitazation of Stewart airport in NY didn't work and had to be sold back to the port authority,then when on to say that it was successful because when they sold it back to the taxpayers they got a HUGE PROFIT!!! So in essence we can sell Bradley for a billion today and buy it back for 3 billion 5 years from now. How does this help CT. Hamzy should resign!!!!
freddie kilowat

Bangor, ME

#11 Feb 19, 2009
Sen Gary Leblow voted to deregulate
electricity as a favor for Sen Ritter.
Maybe Leblow should buy the airport and
try to live without government handouts like he does now.
Pauldow

Suffield, CT

#12 Feb 19, 2009
Let's start first with privatizing the State Capital and Legislative Office Buildings.
They could be turned into tourist attractions for magic enthusiasts. Watch as billions of dollars go in and then disappear!
Husky55

Newington, CT

#13 Feb 19, 2009
Do it !!
Interested Observer

Cambridge, MA

#14 Feb 19, 2009
Sell it! Also, the article has a quote:

"DOT does a great job running roads," said Sen. Gary LeBeau, D- East Hartford. "But I'm not sure they're great at economic development."

Is this the same DOT that handled the RT 84 "improvements" - you know, the one with drain lines going nowhere except a whole in the ground?

Another example of bloated state mismanagement. Downsize now.
JIMCT

Plymouth, MN

#15 Feb 19, 2009
I'm also surprised that these Republican "leaders" haven't submitted a BILL calling for the Airport to be renamed to GWB International Airport!!!!!!!!

DOH!!
Jingles

AOL

#16 Feb 19, 2009
JIMCT wrote:
I'm also surprised that these Republican "leaders" haven't submitted a BILL calling for the Airport to be renamed to GWB International Airport!!!!!!!!
DOH!!
Be careful about dissing a preseident. The speech police are listening. Look what happened to the guy in Southington - he got suspended for two weeks for dissing Obama.
Richard

United States

#17 Feb 19, 2009
Maybe we could privatize the whole state government as well ... or has that already been bought and paid for?
Anon

Newington, CT

#18 Feb 19, 2009
Jim wrote:
This goes to show what I thought in the 1st place Bill Hamzy has finally drank so much right wing juice it is starting to affect how he legislates. Hey Bill why don't we sell Plymouth next.The Republican answer to everthing is Fascisim! Lets just give all of our assets to the rich and let them soak the tax payers threw fees!!! If you watched the testimony the moron from ING when he was confronted that the privitazation of Stewart airport in NY didn't work and had to be sold back to the port authority,then when on to say that it was successful because when they sold it back to the taxpayers they got a HUGE PROFIT!!! So in essence we can sell Bradley for a billion today and buy it back for 3 billion 5 years from now. How does this help CT. Hamzy should resign!!!!
Ahhh.... someone gets it!! This state has been hosed for millions in privatized road work debacles, bad computer systems, and other bad programs. The only people who won were the few company big wigs that lined their own pockets, paid their workers cr+p, and kept coming back for more $$$$ time and time again until the state had to state back over.
Senator Christopher Dodd

Stamford, CT

#19 Feb 19, 2009
I'll buy it. My wife and I can get a great deal on a mortgage.
G McG

Amityville, NY

#20 Feb 19, 2009
What a stupid idea! If the airport was a drain on the budget, then privatization could be considered. The state needs to keep control of its facilities. If the state sells any from public ownership, they should start with the state house, since lobbyist control everything that happens there any how.
whatsinaname

Manchester, CT

#21 Feb 19, 2009
Early retirement? "Selling" the airport? The legislature will do anything to avoid making real spending cuts.

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