The next Governor will inherit quite a budget mess and a deficit of $3.5 billion. Both Dan Malloy and Tom Foley have lacked specifics when it comes to exactly how they plan to balance the budget, but come January 5th one of those men will have to get very specific, very quickly.
During a taping of Face the State, we had two municipal leaders offer their take on what the next governor must do. Democrat Susan Bransfield, First Selectwoman of Portland. talked about Malloy, and Republican Mayor Jason McCoy of Vernon offered some advice for Foley. Both have met with the candidates of their party.
Bransfield’s straighforward approach to the issues in her growing town have gained her the respect of many in her party. She is also the president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.
McCoy’s leadership caught the eye of Governor Rell, and he is considered a rising star in the state GOP, likely to be encouraged to run for statewide office in the next decade.
Bransfield told me Malloy should look at the income tax, and she recommends he should change the state income tax so those earning under a certain income level will no longer be exempt from paying taxes. “I happen to believe that everyone should contribute to the income tax. I know there are people who don’t pay below a certain level, but I believe to have full input… to be part of the state, you have to pay a portion of your income to the state of Connecticut,” Bransfield said.
McCoy sees deregulation as something Foley should consider, along with putting the state unions on a par with the private sector.
You can see the entire interview this Sunday at 11 on Face the State