Governor Malloy is proposing lowering the state’s sale tax to a level not seen since Richard Nixon was president, Tom Meskill was governor and Three Dog Night topped the charts.
In an interview that aired on Face the State Sunday morning at 11, the governor told me he will ask lawmakers to approve a reduction of the tax from 6.35% to 6.2% this year to 5.95% in 2017. How much savings is that? Here’s what you would save on a $25,000 car.
In addition to sharing more details about this cut, The governor also explained to me his reasoning for calling on an expansion of liquor store hours, and brought me a gift: a six-pack of Two Roads beer, made in Stratford. I’ll admit, it was tempting to crack one open right there!
Our conversation also covered the governor’s suddenly controversial flu shot, the new Gallup survey that rated Connecticut low in job creation, his future and his past.
For our Face the State flashback, we showed the governor a clip from a Face the State interview in 2005 in which, as a candidate, he talked about the lack of jobs. What does he think about that now?
We talked about his future as head of the Democratic Governors Association, his feelings toward Hillary Clinton (would he want to be her running mate?) and the mayoral race in Hartford. “I think it is a terrible idea,” said Malloy, as I pointed out his appeal to a ticket: he’s younger (if elected, Clinton will turn 70 her first year in office,) he is a rare Democratic success story in the 2014 elections, and he appeals to the progressive wing of the party.
The program ended with a conversation with two future leaders: the head of CT College Republicans Zachary Strom and the chairman of CT College Democrats, Miles Halpine, both students at UConn.
Watch this edition of Face the a State right here:
Also read why I missed the news this week: https://dennishouse.tv/2015/02/12/that-time-i-missed-the-news-jamdennis/
Thanks to the governor for the beer. I drink in moderation, maybe because I was force fed beer at the age of months by grandfather, although I look like a more than willing participant here!