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Month After Bonding $40M for XL Center, Malloy Calls for “Real Cuts” to Pay for Seniors’ Health Care

December 30, 2017 By Staff
Month After Bonding $40M for XL Center, Malloy Calls for “Real Cuts” to Pay for Seniors’ Health Care

The governor is stressing the need for "real cuts" to afford a program that benefits seniors on Medicare, but this talk was empty when he bonded $40 million for a failed facility.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) has found his zeal for “real cuts” to the state’s spending.

Ironically, Malloy’s demands come as legislators meet next week to find a solution to cuts to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), a program that disproportionately benefits low-income seniors.

The Courant‘s Russell Blair reported on Malloy’s comments:

If legislators restore funds to a popular program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare insurance they must also make “real and achievable spending cuts,” to keep the state’s projected budget deficit from growing, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday.

Malloy’s zeal for cuts was nowhere to be found when he and others on the State Bond Commission approved $40 million in bonding for the XL Center, a failing facility in Hartford.

At the time, Rep. Christopher Davis (R-Ellington), the ranking Republican on the State Bond Commission, called Malloy out on the hypocrisy:

Malloy also recently proposed more state bonding and new “revenue” to fund his special transportation projects – but again, there was no talk of “real cuts” to spending on transportation.

Malloy’s hypocrisy on a program that truly benefits the less fortunate in Connecticut is quite the beginning to his swan song of a 2018, Malloy’s last year in office.