HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — In his ‘State of the State’ address, Governor Malloy says he’s turned things around. But the Republicans running against him say it’s all being done with phoney math.
Most of the Governor’s major proposals have been rolled out over the past week and Republicans say it’s obvious that this year’s budget is designed to help the Governor’s re-election campaign.
“Together..we’ve turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a $500 million surplus,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy,(D) Connecticut.
The Governor painted a rosy picture of an economic turn around for the state complete with those the tax cuts and refunds he has been touting for the past week.
“All told, the tax cuts in my proposed budget amount to more than $280 million over the next two years, and more than 440 million when you include the tax refund,” said Malloy.
All three of the major Republican candidates seeking to oppose Malloy this fall were in the audience Thursday.
Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the man that lost to Malloy in 2010 by the narrowest margin in history…
“It’s a phoney surplus, I think to be designing policies around phoney math is irresponsible,” said Foley.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who was Foley’s running mate that year…
“The Governor knows he’s in political trouble and that’s why you see a budget today that tried to hit every single constituency, he could to try to up his numbers and do better in those particular areas,” said Boughton.
Malloy is targeting more aid for the cities of Bridgeport and New Haven, the two cities whose votes gave him his narrow margin of victory.
The third major Republican candidate is the highest ranking Republican at the State Capitol, State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.
“We should have elections for Governor every year for three years Governor Malloy raised taxes…now he’s listening to Republicans and wants to cut taxes,” said McKinney.
But the Democrats that control majorities in both the House and Senate were singing the Governor’s praises Thursday meaning most if it will be law by the time Malloy is officially on the campaign trail.