The Secretary of the State’s office said in a statement Monday that the delivery of subpoenas to every lawmaker in the state—to get them to attend a special session Wednesday—cost taxpayers about $35,000. However, Commissioner of Public Safety John Danaher said Monday in a news release that all subpoenas were served by state troopers during their regular duty and no overtime was incurred.
In a email statement sent out by Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office Danaher said, “The subpoenas were assigned as “low-priority” administrative duties and did not interfere in any criminal, traffic or motor vehicle responsibilities. If the subpoenas were not served during one shift because of higher priority activities, they were passed along to the next shift.”
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders asked for a face-to-face meeting with Rell to discuss the state bonding package she threatened to veto last week.
“The governor has so far been unwilling to participate in leadership meetings regarding bonding. But it was a meeting with the three of us that broke the impasse on the budget negotiations in June,” Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr., D-Brooklyn, said in a news release.
“It makes sense to finally have a leadership meeting to discuss the position of the governor on the bond package and to discuss the merits of the bill. What doesn’t make sense is to return to the large, circus-like negotiations that produced nothing and where some of the governor’s advisors were bargaining in bad faith.”
“The Governor and Legislature share a responsibility to work together, yet it has been very frustrating to see this Governor try to negotiate the bond package through the media,” Speaker of the House James Amann, D-Milford, said in the same news release. “Despite knowing exactly what was in the bond legislation, the Governor gave no indication of a possible veto until after the fact. When it came down to the final stretch with the budget, the Governor was very helpful when she personally got involved. It is time for her to join us at the table again.”
Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers have planned press conferences across the state Tuesday to publicize the consequences of Rell’s veto on dozens of projects waiting for the funding.