The Capitol Report crew went live on Facebook starting at 10:00 a.m., previewing the speech, and talking with lawmakers about Governor Malloy, and what his legacy will be.
Following the speech, the Capitol Report crew had a full wrap-up featuring interviews with legislative leaders, commentary, as well as a chance to get your political questions answered.
Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano discusses Governor Malloy’s legacy:
“This Governor has a work ethic that I admire. He is a guy that is tireless, he knows his facts, I respect the fact that this guy is just a working engine and I really mean that. He has a work ethic that I try to aspire to. I do not think I saw a Governor who worked as hard at every aspect of his job. I may disagree with him but he is very good at that. I really admire that.”
Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz talks transportation and tolls
“In this particular instance, I am on the record and will bring it to the floor, not knowing what the vote count is as long as it makes it out of committee, I would prefer that it’s a transportation plan for the next 5 or 10 years but if it’s a stand-alone bill, tolls only, I would still bring it to the table.”
Themis Klarides, current Republican Minority Leader on the general sense of distrust
“The problem with Connecticut is that people don’t trust us, they do not have faith in the direction we’re going in and this just continues down that road.”
Republican party chairman, JR Romano on something good Governor Malloy did for the state
“I think the Governor was dealt a hand, I don’t agree with any of the decisions he has made. He did try to solve the problem, but ultimately, whether it was fights in his own party, he just wasn’t able to accomplish the goal. I think his intent was good, but he didn’t deliver on what needed to happen.”
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti on casinos and tolls
I’m not in support of the toll proposal that is on the table by the Governor right now. I do think we need to be competitive with our competitors; everyone around us has tolls and I think there is a role for tolls somewhere in Connecticut.”
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim on the State of the State
“I think it’s challenging financially, it’s challenging at best to residents. It’s disappointing. To cities and towns it’s disappointing. I mean I like to say that it’s a sacred bond of a relationship between state government and city government and residents and the ability to deliver on that. The uncertainty and the short-falls have had a negative impact. I don’t think that’s a secret to any body. It’s kind of the state of affairs.”