Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Stunning Statement.

Special thanks to Governor Malloy and to Lt. Gov. Wyman for making their way to Danbury as part of the Governor’s 17  Town Hall meetings.
As someone who has conducted countless town hall meetings in Danbury (with a few more to go) I know that it isn’t easy to stand there and take the criticism. So the Governor should be commended for the effort- he and the LG are welcome in Danbury anytime.
However, I am thoroughly puzzled by a statement made by Malloy about halfway through his presentation. In fact, I was so stunned that I asked my staff the next morning if they heard the same thing that I did– all of them heard the same thing.
During the question and answer session, Malloy stated that the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year– the second year of his proposed biennium budget, is out of balance and has a projected deficit.
Come again? Another deficit? — this is like ground hog day all over again. So let me get this straight, we are being asked to pay $500-$1000 in new taxes, the state employee unions are being asked to give back a billion dollars each year, and after all the “shared sacrifice” we will still have a deficit.
If this is in fact the case, then I think the residents of Connecticut deserve an explanation. Why, if we are being asked to sacrifice so much, is there still a deficit? What’s the plan in year two of his budget to close the gap? More union concessions above the 2 billion? More cuts? More taxes? A combination of all three?
I have looked for a copy of the meeting so I could listen to it again, because I can’t believe that this would be the case. If you have a link to the entire meeting, please send it to me.
The Governor has done a service for our residents by doing these town hall meetings– it is much appreciated.
As far as another deficit..
Say it ain’t so Joe errr. Gov.

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