Congressman Chris Murphy’s push to buy American products may have an impact on spending by the state government. During a taping of “Face the State” I asked Governor-elect Dan Malloy whether the state should be buying foreign cars for its fleet. Malloy said “we should buy American.”
That seems to signal that a change might be coming in the vehicles the state purchases for its fleet. Right now the state has 325 Toyota Prius models, a car that is manufactured in Tsutsumi, Japan.
That’s about $7,000,000 of taxpayer money sent overseas. No wonder why Murphy is so emphatic about “Buy American. ” By the way, the new Chevrolet Volt hitting the market now is made in Hamtramck, Michigan. The Ford Escape hybrid, which the state also has in its fleet, is made in Missouri.