It’s been a tough week to be Governor Dan Malloy. A budget proposal that wasn’t wholly his was barely passed by the legislature after that body was warned by three Fortune 500 companies headquartered in our state to not raise taxes. Opponents said the governor lied and broke a campaign promise, and all of this ended up on the national news branding Connecticut as a state that raised taxes again.
Despite all of that, the governor came in for a taping of Face the State that aired Sunday at 11AM on WFSB. The governor conceded this was not the exact budget he wanted, but defended it. “if you measure everything, overall this is a pretty good budget.”
The last time the governor was on Face the State he unveiled plans for a reduction in the sales tax, but under the budget passed by Democrats on Wednesday, that won’t be happening. I asked him if he was disappointed: “I would have (lowered the tax) done that if I was the governor and the legislature.”
The governor suggested people are not upset over a tax increase because they want better transportation. “People gripe about spending about 40 hours a year extra in traffic because we haven’t invested in transportation,” and he said the big corporations complaining about the budget feel the same way.
“Everyone of those companies wants something to be done to improve transportation…..if a company leaves now, it is a company that was already planning to leave.”
We also discussed a few other subjects, and you can see the entire program right here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/11566608/end-of-session-has-some-companies-threatening-to-leave
Hillary Clinton came to Connecticut on Friday and received a gift from a local doctor. Read about that here: https://dennishouse.tv/2015/06/06/anti-aging-expert-gives-hillary-clinton-beauty-products/