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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Eddy Merckx

Gales Ferry, CT

#22 Feb 19, 2009
Typical republican thought proccess remove ownership of everything from the citizens and sell it to corporations, and then let the corporation police themselves... yea thats the ticket..........

Later fellow citizens,
Mikey

Newington, CT

#23 Feb 19, 2009
While it may make some sense to privatize (I'm personally against it, but I'd be willing to take look at ideas) It is absolutely foolish to do it just to fill the budget whole.
First, you aren't going to get full value now.
Second, it won't force the state to make hard choices which it needs to do. It will just plop another billion in the the budget that will be spent and when that's all spent they will still be in the same boat.
CtMC

Boston, MA

#24 Feb 19, 2009
This is ridiculous! Look, I am not Jack Welch, but if a business is bringing in profit, why sell it... and if it is not bringing in a profit... who will buy it? A quick sale price buck in a recession will haunt you for years to come. Stupid!
John Rowland--GOP felon

Northampton, MA

#25 Feb 19, 2009
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, my favorite!

The solution is soooo me!!

Privatize public property. All of it. Let the free market rule!

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney--I love him!!
Entrepreneurial Provider

Windsor, CT

#26 Feb 19, 2009
downeaster wrote:
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
Absolutely correct analysis. Operationally the facility is well-run, but it is incompetently marketed. A privately owned company would bring in real talent, and invest in upgrades passengers would value. You want a 'well run' government airport? Check out Mumbai.
G McG

Amityville, NY

#27 Feb 19, 2009
Any short term gain for selling or leasing the airprot for 99 years would be negated by losses on future developement at Bradley. It's one of the regieons most important assets and giving up control would be incredibly foolish. If anything the state should be looking at ways to invest in BDL in ways that could expand service and generate more revenue.
Joe

New Milford, CT

#28 Feb 19, 2009
Budget woes...?

There seems to be plenty of money around to bail-out Wall St speculators and fund endless wars of aggression and occupation in the Middle East....

The Wall St speculators and their enablers and appeasers from both sides of the aisle in Congress have bankrupted us fiscally and morally.....

Why's that?

Washington CT USA (5th CD)

Are you listening Mr Obama...?

LOL

“In Dodd we cannot trust.”

Since: Nov 07

Rural Connecticut

#29 Feb 19, 2009
Joe wrote:
Budget woes...?
There seems to be plenty of money around to bail-out Wall St speculators and fund endless wars of aggression and occupation in the Middle East....
The Wall St speculators and their enablers and appeasers from both sides of the aisle in Congress have bankrupted us fiscally and morally.....
Why's that?
Washington CT USA (5th CD)
Are you listening Mr Obama...?
LOL
Wow Mr. M., I haven't seen any posts from you since before the election. Has it taken three months for you to come to grips with what is now the "Obama - Biden - Pelosi Regime"?

BTW, congratulations on your nuptials.
Open Carrier

Dover, PA

#30 Feb 19, 2009
Hamzy is one of the few intelligent and hardworking lawmakers we have.
ITs a joke

Vernon Rockville, CT

#31 Feb 19, 2009
hahhhaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaa

what a joke

maybe they can tear it down and make homes for people over 55. HHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH HHHHHHHHHHAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
ITs a joke

Vernon Rockville, CT

#32 Feb 19, 2009
Sell the whole state to China and it it over with..........
HAHHHHAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAaaaaaaa aaaaaa

Our leaders are useless'
our system is broken
Jim

Stoughton, MA

#33 Feb 19, 2009
Entrepreneurial Provider wrote:
<quoted text> Absolutely correct analysis. Operationally the facility is well-run, but it is incompetently marketed. A privately owned company would bring in real talent, and invest in upgrades passengers would value. You want a 'well run' government airport? Check out Mumbai.
Mumbai??? are you serious!!! It WAS stated that the only place where this type of privitaztion would work is a third world country so I guess you only proved the anti-privitazation side. Thanks. By the way did you need to go to an expensive school for all that knowlege?
SIG

AOL

#34 Feb 19, 2009
Has anyone considered selling Hartford and/or Bridgeport?
Ben There

United States

#35 Feb 19, 2009
Let see-- I'll buy it and become CEO with a multi million dollar contract and bonuses. I'll run it into the ground and retire before the state has to bail it out to protect it's transportation hub!
What jerks!
VOTE THEM OUT!!!! It's the only way.
Blue Dog

Springfield, MA

#36 Feb 19, 2009
Ben There wrote:
Let see-- I'll buy it and become CEO with a multi million dollar contract and bonuses. I'll run it into the ground and retire before the state has to bail it out to protect it's transportation hub!
What jerks!
VOTE THEM OUT!!!! It's the only way.
Its good to see somebody gets it, if its such a wonderful business opportunity then why doesn't the private sector build it, the reason why is its easier to just steal it from the State with the help of their republican lacky's.
Guess what, no consumer savings, they will ring out their profit from the Bradley workers, then after a few years they will turn their teeth to the consumers for bigger and bigger profits, when there done they take every penny out in exec compensation and leave the state with all the bills, repairs and problems.
I believe in Free Enterprise but in the absence of competition its simply a monpoly and that always spells eveil for consumers.
If anyone saw the testimony today all I can say s that Hamazy's testimony was pathetic at best and this clown is one of the bills sponsors, he and Cafero are little more than the CBIA's bought and paid for hand puppets. The CBIA's mouthpiece was there as well, like his bought and paid for Repub Hamazy he was eqaully inept, he mentione how the private sector would be more efficent but when pressed for an example he couldn't even manage to come up with one half intelligent thing to say, I wonder how much the CBIA pas that moron, its got to be way o much is my guess.
JIMCT

Plymouth, MN

#40 Feb 20, 2009
Jingles wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
Former President...But I gotcha. ;)
A former resident

Lexington, KY

#41 Feb 20, 2009
I would expect the liberal democrats to come up with such a crazy idea but to have republicans thinking that way is maybe why the republican party in Connecticut needs some house cleaning.

My question to those who support the selling of BDL is: Are you sniffing glue for a passtime? Your completely nuts.
Alfred E Newman Esq

Hebron, CT

#42 Feb 20, 2009
How clever!! Sell off one of Connecticut's most productive assets for a quick profit. In less than five years, all that money would have been squandered on pet projects and bloated budgets. How about we sell the Legislatiave Office Building? That would be a real twofer.
Homer

United States

#43 Feb 22, 2009
Yea, sell it. It will get rid of the political hacks that try to run it. Maybe get rid of the bullies and their parking ticket books.
Blue Dog

Chicopee, MA

#44 Feb 22, 2009
Homer wrote:
Yea, sell it. It will get rid of the political hacks that try to run it. Maybe get rid of the bullies and their parking ticket books.
Luckily you live up in Maine where you can't use your stupidity to infect CT.

Whats the prioblem you don't like paying for parking, well go park at the private lots and stop your whining, oh right they charge more, they are such bullies.

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