The 2013 World Economic Forum is underway in Davos, Switzerland, sans Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The first-term governor received huge headlines for his 2012 Davos trip, as he tried to romance business to come to Connecticut. He was meeting the “movers and shakers” of the world we were told. There were conference calls from Switzerland. And the media lavished praise, after all, you cannot blame a governor for trying, especially in comparison to his predecessor.
Well, here we are, a year later. Connecticut is awash in debt, following the largest tax hike in state history, imposed by Malloy and the Democrats. Connecticut’s economy is stuck in neutral, or going in reverse, as some suggest. This week, the news is filled with stories of businesses leaving the state.
There is no 2013 Davos for Dannel. This year, he’s stayed on this side of the pond, attending a presidential inauguration, reminding municipalities to open up their shelters and fretting over a state budget address that will surely include more taxes, fees and gimmickry. What a difference a year makes.
What a difference a year makes. I guess you cannot blame a governor for trying.