Last week on Face the State, Republican Tom Foley said he would be “very disappointed” if Governor Malloy called for raising taxes in his then upcoming budget address. Late today Foley gave me this response to Malloy’s speech:
“Governor Malloy’s budget proposal is out of sync with the rest of the country and the needs of our state. He was very specific about unaffordable tax increases of $1.5 billion and new spending commitments of $500 million, while providing only vague goals for spending reductions. We have missed an opportunity to reverse the tax and spend policies that have cost Connecticut thousands of jobs and burdened our citizens with heavy debts. No one who cares about Connecticut’s future can be happy with what we heard today.”
Foley has made no secret of his interest in a possible rematch with his former rival. On Face the State, Foley told me the only way he wouldn’t run in 2014 is if Malloy made steps toward making Connecticut more competitive for business. It would seem Malloy’s budget address has nudged Foley toward taking the first step toward 2014.