Malloy: CT “May Not Be Getting Better Fast Enough”July 31, 2017
The governor made some candid remarks in an interview with the online publication The Daily Beast.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) told an online publication last week that Connecticut “may not be getting better fast enough,” some of his more candid remarks on the dismal state of the state since his optimistic address in January.
The Daily Beast interviewed Malloy for a wide-reaching story they titled “Why Connecticut Is Collapsing.”
In the interview, Malloy blames his predecessors for the mess Connecticut faces today – a familiar theme for the two-term governor – and talks in frank terms about the hole Connecticut is in.
Malloy, a Democrat, said he has spent his term in office “undoing the harm” of his Republican predecessors, Rowland and M. Jodi Rell.
“[Rowland] basically increased the state’s obligation by giving more benefits in pursuit of re-election and a desire that he had that he wouldn’t have to pay any of that and kick the can down the road 20 years,” Malloy said in an interview. “Guess who is the first governor who had to deal with that 20 years later?”
…Malloy has been sanguine about difficult decisions he made in his career.
“If I had a magic wand I would have done much more,” he said. “I spent six-and-a-half years dealing with these issues and will continue until the last day of office. I think we’re getting better but we may not be getting better fast enough.”
On Monday, the state legislature was scheduled to debate what could end up being a key part of Malloy’s legacy – the deal he signed with state employee unions that: 1) wins $1.5 billion in two-year wage and benefit concessions from state employees, but 2) extends their generous benefits package to 2027.
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