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Animated Malloy Shouts About UConn Cuts, Didn’t Mind Spending on XL Center

September 25, 2017 By Staff
Animated Malloy Shouts About UConn Cuts, Didn’t Mind Spending on XL Center

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) seemed angry about the Republican budget, which cuts some UConn spending. He didn't mind spending $125 million over two years on the XL Center.

Ninety days into the state’s budget impasse and ten days after Republicans and Democrats passed a budget that is balanced over the next two years, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) gave a loud and angry statement about proposed cuts to the University of Connecticut system at UConn’s Avery Point campus.

Malloy blasted the GOP budget as “anti-intellectual” and “anti-labor,” “one that does nothing but potentially gut the University of Connecticut.”

The University of Connecticut (UConn) has been lobbying against proposed cuts that they claim could number $300 million over two years. Of course, the state is also facing down a two-year, $3.5 billion budget deficit, and short of raising taxes the state will need to make difficult cuts in many different places of the budget.

“This is a call to action to make sure that Connecticut can compete with the rest of the nation,” Malloy said, urging students to call their legislators.

Of course, Malloy made no mention of wasteful spending he has supported in recent months, including $125 million over two years for XL Center renovations.

The Hartford Courant reported in September:

Sen. John W. Fonfara, D-Hartford and co-chairman of the legislature’s finance revenue and bonding committee, told The Courant Thursday that the capital plan includes $40 million for the current fiscal year and $75 million for 2019.

The allocation is just shy of the $125 million sought by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but higher than the $75 million approved earlier this year by the finance committee.

Now that a budget he didn’t support passed, Malloy seems happy to blast the budget, which could end Connecticut’s immediate crisis with his signature. Malloy seems to lack any self-reflection, though, on the spending he has proposed throughout 2017.

NOTE: CT-N should have video of the press conference at some point on Monday.