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Malloy’s Address Makes No Mention of the Word “Deficit”

February 8, 2017 By Staff
Malloy’s Address Makes No Mention of the Word “Deficit”

Gov. Malloy's (D-Conn.) budget address, by the words he used and didn't use.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) gave his biennial budget address on Wednesday. A transcript, provided by the governor’s office, offers an interesting look at the words Malloy did and did not use.

BUZZWORDS

  • “Education”: Malloy made clear early in his address that education is a focus of his budget. Although Malloy’s budget director said there are “lots of losers” on education in Malloy’s budget, the governor tried to make argue his plan will be fair and equitable.
  • “Spending”: Malloy used the word “spending” 10 times, making clear that his budget relies more on spending cuts than on tax increases.
  • “Labor”: As Malloy’s office negotiates with labor unions on a proposed $700 million cuts, Malloy mentioned “labor” seven times. This includes four mentions of “labor savings.”

TERMS TO AVOID

  • “Deficit”: Despite the state’s $1.7 billion deficit in fiscal year 2018, Malloy made no mention of the word. He did refer, once, to “the $1.7 billion hole we face.”
  • “Debt”: Malloy made just one reference to debt, and it concerned how towns and cities pay “off long-term debt.”
  • “Taxes”: Although Malloy used a variation of “taxpayers,” “tax rates,” or “tax burden” seven times, he made no mention of the tax increases that are in his budget.