HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Reactions to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State of the State address Thursday, when the Democratic governor unveiled his revised $19 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1:
— “At the end of the day, great political speech with a lot of political stunts. But the numbers aren’t adding up.” — Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2014.
— “As the governor says all the time, there is more work to be done, but today’s State of the State address was another clear indication that Connecticut is on the right path under Governor Malloy’s leadership.” — Nancy DiNardo, chairman of Connecticut Democratic Party.
— “This is a Christmas story given in February. Unfortunately, his story is fantasy.” — House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk.
— “I think the governor set the right tone for this session. He’s building on the successes that we’ve achieved.” — Senate President Donald Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn.
— “He said he’d have an honest, balanced budget and this budget is neither.” — Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate.
— “Those proposals show the state is on a better financial footing than it has been.” — Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven.
— “I think the governor lives in a fantasy land, where black is white and white is black. He just doesn’t understand what the average person feeling out on the street right now.” — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Republican candidate for governor.
— “Today’s State of the State was a reminder of just how far we have come since our economy tanked in 2009. His remarks today are a beacon of hope that next year’s Address will show the many rewards all of us will reap if we can just work together for progress.” — Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
— “Our parents and students have worked hard to get the message to the governor and to lawmakers that for too long, charter school funding has been unfairly lower than that of traditional public schools. In these difficult times, we are pleased that the long term effort to right that wrong has the governor’s support.” — Lashawn Robinson, Hartford parent and organizer, Families for Excellent Schools.
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