Gov proposes universal Pre-K

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Malloy laid out some big plans Thursday during his state of the state address. Among other things, the governor wants to create tax free college accounts and offer universal Pre-K.

In his election year speech, the Governor touted the tax refunds and tax cuts he has been rolling out over the past week.

Tax relief he says totals $440 million.

“We should give something back to Connecticut taxpayers,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy,(D) Connecticut.

One of the new proposals announced Thursday, would have a major impact on the youngest citizens of the state and their young parents.

“For the first time in our history, let’s commit Connecticut to achieving universal pre-kindergarten,” said Malloy.

When he was Mayor of Stamford, Malloy extended universal Pre-K to the entire city.

He has always said it was one of his goals as Governor. And he is also proposing a college tuition savings program for older kids and their parents and a major cash infusion into the Connecticut State College and University System.

Something he calls “CSCU 2020.”

“Will provide an initial investment of more than $134 million to help bring all seventeen campuses into a single, student-centered, technology-rich system,” said Malloy.

The new president of that system was effusive in his praise.

“More than any Governor I’ve run into in the country…he understands community colleges and the role with training the workforce,” said Gregory Gray, Pres. CSCU Board of Regents.

The education proposals were one of the few times Republicans actually applauded the Governor today on something they might support.

“If, in fact some of those ideas, if in fact the Governor keeps to his promise of being able to pay for the increased expenditure,” said Rep. Larry Cafero,(R) Minority Leader.

But there is a lot they will never support and Thursday, the three major Republican candidates for Governor were in the audience.


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