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EXCLUSIVE: See GOP Gov Candidate Handler’s “Action Plan” for CT

May 1, 2018 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: See GOP Gov Candidate Handler’s “Action Plan” for CT

The former businessman and chief financial officer of Stamford shared his 11-point "Action Plan for Connecticut" exclusively with Reclaim Connecticut.

Mike Handler, a former senior executive in the finance industry and chief financial officer (CFO) of the city of Stamford who is running for governor, has shared exclusively with Reclaim Connecticut an early look at his “Action Plan for Connecticut,” ahead of its public release.

“This is my vision for our state,” Handler writes in the preface for his plan. “Beyond this blueprint for success, I know how to execute this plan and take us toward prosperity. I have just spent the past six years on the same road and I promise you, though the journey will at times be tough, the destination will be well worth it.”


There are 11 points to Handler’s plan. They are as follows:

  • Renegotiate SEBAC (with the negotiating stick of “up to 20,000 layoff notices, if necessary” should labor not come to the table)
  • Cut spending (by at least 10 percent in 2019 and 2020, and at least 5 percent in 2021 and 2022)
  • Cut taxes (reduce all income tax brackets, ensuring none exceed 5 percent, and reduce the top corporate income tax rate to 6.5 percent; these rates could be lower, the campaign noted)
  • Enact business-friendly measures (including cutting regulations by one-third)
  • Privatize state assets
  • Create a “Connecticut Infrastructure Bank” (seeking to turn $450 million a year in state funding into $45 billion in private investment over 10 years)
  • Revitalize cities
  • Attract young talent (with a focus on boosting STEM education at UConn and Yale)
  • Fight for seniors (by repealing the estate tax and eliminating taxes on social security and pensions)
  • Invest in manufacturing
  • Close the achievement gap among schools (including investment in pre-K at the city level and investments in technical schools)


The plan stands out in at least two ways:

  • First, it offers specific numbers behind each point, including precise targets for spending, tax cuts, regulation cuts, and investments
  • Second, it stands out in boldness; Handler would be entering the governor’s office with a pledge to use 20,000 state employee positions as leverage for labor negotiations

Handler will be releasing his plan in time for delegates at the Connecticut GOP convention to review it, before they choose an endorsed candidate next Saturday.


In an interview with Reclaim Connecticut this week, Handler thinks his plan can bring “everyone” on board.

“This is an action plan for our state that everyone is gonna be on board with,” Handler said. “It’s not a partisan message I’m bringing to the convention, it’s an action plan for the state of Connecticut.”

“This is a plan our state needs to get on board with,” Handler concluded.

UPDATE:here Handler’s plan is now public. You can read it .