You never know where guests on Face the State will end up, but two of this week’s guests seem to have bright political futures. State Representative Sean Williams is widely regarded by members of his Republican party and State Representative Matt Ritter is popular among Connecticut Democrats.
These young up-and-comers were in for a taping of Face the State, and I teased them about potentially being candidates for governor in 2022. Ritter and Williams are friends and said if the two did run against each other it would be the “nicest” race ever.
The two were here to talk about Governor Malloy’s budget and as you might expect, they have different views of the governor’s spending plan. Williams, of Watertown, called the governor’s budget full of gimmicks, and Ritter defended the plan.
A big issue that resonates with voters is the car tax. The governor called for it to be eliminated, and that puts Ritter in a difficult position. His constituents in Hartford pay some of the highest car taxes in Connecticut, so naturally they want the tax to go bye-bye. Yet Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has complained that the governor’s plan will cost the city millions in revenue.
On Sunday, you’ll see Rep. Ritter explain this.
Rep. Williams also talked about the car tax, which was slated for elimination under Republican Jodi Rell, but failed. So will Williams support Governor Malloy’s plan?
Tune in Sunday at 11 AM for Face the State on Channel 3 for the entire discussion, in which we also talked about gun control and right to work. We’ll also talk with Mike Freimuth, the new director of the Capital Region Development Authority and our flashback looks at a key figure in black history in Connecticut, Gary Franks. In addition, we will remember the career of our late colleague, Brian Garnett.
UPDATE: Watch the Williams/Ritter segment here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8418996
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