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On WNPR, Malloy Breaks from Dems on Tax Hikes, Labor Concessions

January 13, 2017 By Staff
On WNPR, Malloy Breaks from Dems on Tax Hikes, Labor Concessions

The Democratic governor broke from some in his party on taxing the 1% and on asking labor to make concessions (the "c word").

On Friday morning, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) took to WNPR’s “Where We Live” to discuss the state of the state.

During the hour-long interview, Malloy broke with some Democrats and liberals on two key issues. Malloy’s divergent stance may inspire some debate within the party as budget season approaches.

The first was on tax hikes. Malloy suggested Connecticut’s rich already pay their fair share (he said Connecticut’s wealthiest 1% pay 35% of all taxes).

Malloy said:

“This concept that we can simply keep raising money disproportionately on a population of people, compared to other states, and expect those people to remain in our state, is, you know, I think a fallacy.”

Malloy appeared more reluctant than in an interview with reporters last week, when he merely said he wouldn’t lead with taxes.

Malloy also hinted that labor union concessions will be part of his budget proposal next month:

Labor leaders have urged “higher taxes on the wealthy” instead of labor concessions or job cuts. Connecticut’s speaker, Joe Aresimowicz, is an employee of AFSCME, an “influential public-employee union” in the state.

Will Malloy’s break with Democrats on these issues cause rifts in 2017? We’ll have to see as the legislative session develops.