Foley, McKinney differ on state spending, contract

Tom Foley announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor, Jan. 29, 2014. (WTNH / Joe Sferrazza)
Tom Foley announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor, Jan. 29, 2014. (WTNH / Joe Sferrazza)

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — The two Republican candidates for Connecticut governor are at odds over two key issues: what to do about the long-term benefits deal with state employees and what to do about state spending.

Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate, recently told members of Connecticut AFL-CIO labor organization he would honor the deal Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reached with state employee unions, which expires in 2022.

But Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who is challenging Foley in the Aug. 12 GOP primary, said the deal needs to be re-opened, saying the health care plan is unaffordable.

While Foley pledged to keep state spending level for two years, McKinney said the state needs to reduce net spending.

Both appeared Thursday at a forum sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

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