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EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Joe Markley on His LG Race, Malloy’s “Unrealistic” Budget, and No Tax Increases

March 29, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Joe Markley on His LG Race, Malloy’s “Unrealistic” Budget, and No Tax Increases

We talk to State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington), the first candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018, about the budget, Governor Malloy, and the impact of tax increases in the state.

State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington) announced on Monday that he’s running for lieutenant governor (LG) of Connecticut in 2018.

Reclaim Connecticut talked to Markley on Wednesday about the race, his principles, his strategy for the race, and the budget of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

RUNNING FOR LG

So, why his Markley running for LG? “I think I can bring something to the ticket,” he said. “I have principles which motivate me and which I think are both an asset for governance and a strength during the campaign.”

Markley then listed some of those principles: 1) limited government, 2) personal liberty, 3) fiscal restraint, and 4) no tax increases. These principles “are essential to getting the state turned around,” Markley said.

Markley also noted that, with the Senate tied 18-18 and likely to be close for the foreseeable future, the LG’s role as a tie-breaking vote becomes more important. Marley reminded Reclaim Connecticut that the state’s income tax passed on a tie-breaking vote from the LG, a “mistake I would never make,” Markley said.

STRATEGY

When asked what his strategy for the campaign is — and winning Republican delegates at the state convention in spring 2018 — Markley noted it’s still “a long ways off,” but added he’ll fundraise, and visit Republican town committees around the state when the legislative session is over.

MALLOY’S BUDGET

Markley also blasted the budget of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) calling it “so unrealistic that I think it could almost be considered insulting.” Markley noted Malloy shifts costs to local communities, and has “enormous expenditures” like proposed renovations to the XL Center.

“His attitude was to say ‘OK, here’s a budget. I’ve fulfilled my obligation,’” Markley said.

Markley’s campaign is just beginning, but it sounds like you can expect him in a town near you when the legislative session ends this summer.