Malloy stands behind tax cut statement

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds and hundreds of you have spoken out on News 8′s Facebook page saying you do not believe Governor Malloy when he says he’ll be cutting taxes from now on.

We’re at more than 500 comments and still growing on this and the comments are overwhelmingly negative.

The governor Friday was insistent that he will be able to cut taxes in a second term despite the outpouring of disbelief from viewers. Like Dylan who says:

“He’s only saying that to get the vote.”

Claire says:

“He couldn’t send a 55 dollar refund he thought he could…how in God’s name is he going to cut taxes? Never believe this man as he speaks out of both sides of his mouth at once.”

Jamie says:

“Wouldn’t matter if he says he’s going to cut taxes in the second term, seeing as there won’t be a second term for him to worry about.”

Malloy said Thursday, “I do not believe that we will do anything but cut taxes for the foreseeable future.”

When we told him Friday that you don’t buy it, the governor offered this response:

“But we can do it. That’s reality. Let’s point out a couple of things: our workforce is 1,000 people fewer than the day I was sworn in, our average increase in expenditures is less than one-half of what it was under my two predecessors …

“The economy is, in fact, growing. We have 52,000 more people working in private sector jobs today than we did when I became governor and we’ve made government more efficient and smaller. You put those things together and we’re going to be cutting taxes for the foreseeable future.”

So you stand by your statement?

“I absolutely stand by that statement,” Malloy said.

Then to what do you attribute all this disbelief?

“Because they’ve gotten used to government that used to operate in the state of Connecticut where people just didn’t speak frankly and tell them what they needed to hear and needed to know,” Malloy said.

The governor is banking on continued economic growth next year. But earlier this year he was banking on a surplus that dried up last month.

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