Capitol Report: Flashback to the 2014 Gubernational debate

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — During the 2014 Gubernational Debate with former Republican candidate Tom Foley, Governor Dannel P. Malloy made some interesting points on taxes that might be relevant to the current budget discussion.

“Every chance we get to lower taxes, we should take it,” Malloy said. “That’s what my administration has demonstrated a willingness to do.”

However, Foley with “It’s pretty extraordinary that the Governor thinks he’s lowering taxes. Governor, you put the largest tax increase in Connecticut history on citizens, $1.8 billion. As I’ve said before, I don’t think there are many people living in Connecticut that think that you’ve reduced taxes. Maybe we’re living in different states.”

As the debate goes on, Malloy ends up in dangerous territory by making a tax pledge.

“So let me say this. We will not raise taxes. I never took a pledge not to raise taxes, because I knew how bad of a job had been done before I got into office. I’m taking a pledge not to raise taxes.”

“Governor, why should anyone believe you?” Foley asked. “You’ve made so many promises that you haven’t delivered on.”

Watch as the panel discusses this debate and Malloy’s views on taxes over the years.

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