The budget crisis is all everyone at the state capitol talks about these days, as lawmakers ponder tax increases and the governor layoffs. Will there be more cuts? A higher burden on taxpayers? What about new revenue streams like casinos, tolls or medical marijuana?
This Sunday on Face the State we were joined by the two leaders of the state senate, Democrat Martin Looney and Republican Len Fasano. I also asked them a question a viewer had asked me: if the state is broke, why are we paying for political campaigns? There has been some criticism of the public financing program. For example, how many campaigns for lieutenant governor has the state paid for in recent elections?
Watch Looney and Fasano’s take on it, right here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13322378/lawmakers-weigh-in-on-budget-crisis
Also we were joined by Republican candidate for governor Joe Visconti, who calls himself the “Trump of Connecticut.” Visconti has a different approach to the state’s problems than some of there recent candidates who’ve sat at the Face the State desk.
Watch our Visconti interview here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13322395/former-town-councilman-seeks-run-for-governor
Finally, our flashback: Governor Bill O’Neill’s emotional announcement that he would not seek a third term, actually a fourth term, because his first few years in office were the end of Ella Grasso’s term, and he won two more terms after that. Our report from 1990 was filed by Jeff Cole.
Watch the flashback here:http://www.wfsb.com/clip/13322402/gov-made-surprise-announcement-in-1990
Categories: Face the State