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Malloy Sued By Green Groups, and He’s Upset … With Republicans

May 16, 2018 By Staff
Malloy Sued By Green Groups, and He’s Upset … With Republicans

A coalition of environmental groups and 'green' businesses have sued the governor over a bill he signed. The governor is not surprised by the news, and is upset with Republicans.

On Tuesday, a coalition of environmental groups and businesses – led by Leticia Colon de Mejias of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Inc. – sued Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), Treasurer Denise Nappier (D-Conn.), and Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) over “the Connecticut General Assembly’s sweep of $155 million from the bank accounts of Connecticut’s electric utilities into the State’s General Fund.”

The lawsuit, shared by the Connecticut Law Tribune, states:

By this action, the Plaintiffs, who are invested in improving the State’s energy efficiency and clean energy economy, seek to stop this extraordinary overreach by the General Assembly and restore the funds to their legally-protected purpose. By June these funds may well be irrevocably transferred and the job losses and massive reductions in efficiency and clean energy improvements irreversible.

In a statement, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) directed his ire at being sued not at the people suing him, but at Republicans.

“This should come as a surprise to no one. I have long maintained that these shortsighted sweeps would increase energy costs for consumers and businesses and cause untold harm to our green energy economy. While the administration in Washington attacks environmental protections and investments in clean energy, we should be cementing our role as a national leader in our efforts to combat climate change and protect our communities. The energy sweeps pushed by legislative Republicans represented a massive step backwards, and I continue to strongly oppose them.”

Malloy pointed out that, in October 2017, he complained about the energy sweeps in his “bill signing statement.” However, he still signed the budget bill.

The Connecticut Law Tribune noted the irony of Malloy appearing to support the people suing him. And, the Tribune reported, Connecticut House Republicans pointed out to Malloy that plenty of Democrats supported the same budget bill.

Ironically, Malloy, a Democrat, agrees with those suing him.

…Pat O’Neil, speaker for House Republicans, responded to the critique. He told the Connecticut Law Tribune Tuesday, “The governor conveniently ignores the fact that the adjustments to the underlying budget that [were] approved in bipartisan fashion last Oct. 31 [were] approved May 9 by a vote of 142-8 in the House. So, I’m no sure what scorecard he is looking at.”

Oh, the irony!