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As the State Burns Taxpayer Cash, Malloy Focuses on the Global Issue of Climate

March 20, 2018 By Staff
As the State Burns Taxpayer Cash, Malloy Focuses on the Global Issue of Climate

Dan Malloy seems intent on building a climate change legacy before he leaves office in 2019, despite the state's continued budget and economic crises.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) repackaged and reopened his climate change proposals this week, with a press conference urging for passage of two bills Malloy has backed that would ramp up Conneticut’s renewable energy goals.

“Climate change is real, it’s man-made, and it’s here,” Malloy said. “Fairness to future generations of Connecticut residents demands that we adjust our current practices to prevent climate disaster. My administration’s two proposals do just that.”

Reclaim Connecticut noted in February that while one of Malloy’s bills does not include definitive tax hikes, the mandates in the bill could lead to future tax and cost-of-living hikes in an already-expensive state:

According to the bill’s text, it would add requirements for the years 2021 through 2030, to bring Connecticut’s “total output or services of any such [electric] supplier or [electric] distribution company” from 21-percent renewable energy to 40-percent renewable energy.

What is not mentioned at length in the bill is the cost of this proposal, and whether or not electric suppliers would pass increased costs on to consumers.

Reclaim Connecticut also reported last month that Connecticut already has the highest electricity rates in the continental United States.

Of course, Malloy’s focus on the global issue of climate change – an issue often left to leaders of nations and international bodies – may be one way to avoid addressing the state’s perpetual budget deficit and its stagnant economy.