It should be quite a hoot in Hartford, Wednesday, when third-year Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his budget address to a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly. This will be Malloy’s second, two-year budget and if it’s anything like the first, you can expect our esteemed chief executive won’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.
As is customary, the governor will make the rounds on morning radio and TV, the day after the speech. More than likely, it will be the usual softball game, with hosts gushing over the fact the governor has given them some of his precious time. Such was not the case, two years ago, when I interviewed Malloy, the day after his first budget address. To begin with, he was six minutes late to the interview. And then we got into it.
You can listen to the interview, which is attached below, but beware of what he said, and what really has happened. For example:
- Malloy claimed this budget would put Connecticut’s “economic house back in order.” It did not. We still have net zero job growth.
- He claimed everyone agreed the budget ‘was honest” and “in balance.” In reality, not everyone agreed. The Republicans certainly, didn’t, especially Sen. Len Suzio, who from the get go, said the budget was out of whack.
- Malloy talked about concessions from the state unions. In the end, he didn’t get what he anticipated.
In reality, Malloy’s budget overestimated revenue growth, while underestimating the cost of government. Much like the predecessor he criticized, his budget was also out of balance from day one, as evidenced by the red ink in which it currently is bathed.
Near the end of the interview, we got into the governor’s mandated “paid sick leave,” but as you will hear, we ran out of time. Just keep in mind the Hartford Business Journal has just released a survey, showing how business in Connecticut has changed it’s landscape, in the aftermath of the mandate, the only state in the nation, that has paid sick leave.
I hope, after you listen to the interview, you can use it as a point of comparison, when you hear the governor make his media rounds on Thursday morning’s radio and TV shows. Enjoy!