Recently, because I concluded the first phase of a two-part assignment as Chairman of a commission created to recommend reform of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, I have been asked to share my observations about government to a number of audiences. I will begin that process in this blog, but, because I have learned so much, I will probably cover this subject over several blogs.
By the way, my comments are not meant to be critical of individual government officials, most of whom I respect greatly. In fact, as you will see, government officials have to overcome huge structural and political obstacles to get anything done, and, given the constraints that have been put in their path, anything they do has to border on the heroic. (more…)