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Malloy Optimistic, But Guarded

by Christine Stuart | May 7, 2014 3:34pm
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Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is finishing up his fourth legislative session, said Wednesday afternoon that it was difficult for him to reflect on the 2014 legislative session, which is expected to wrap up at midnight.

“It’s best to reflect when the whole thing is done . . . in case there are any late casualties,” Malloy said after an unrelated event.

That said, Malloy thinks he was able to effectively move his agenda through the legislature.

“I think, at least as of last night, all of the bills that we wanted to get through the House we’ve gotten through the House,” Malloy said. “There’s a bunch of stuff that’s pending at the Senate level, so I feel good about it.”

He said his bills that started in the Senate have already passed the House and the bills started in the House have been sent to the Senate. That’s more than lawmakers can say about their pet legislative priorities.

Sen. President Donald Williams’ genetically-modified grass seed ban was defeated in the House, and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey’s bill requiring nonprofit colleges and hospitals to pay property taxes on new facilities is likely to languish on the Senate calendar or get watered down in the budget implementation bill.

Malloy announced at the end of March that he would seek re-election. But about 18 lawmakers’ have announced that they’re not seeking re-election to their seats. There are another five House members who have announced they would run for vacant Senate seats. At least one Senator is running for any opportunity to challenge Malloy.

“They’ve been good people to work with,” Malloy said. “I’ve enjoyed working with them most of the time.”

If the legislature finishes its work by its midnight deadline and there’s no reason to reconvene for a special session, Malloy said he would address lawmakers.

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posted by: Joebigjoe | May 8, 2014  8:15am

Why do we even allow this man to run again? I’m serious, why do we allow him to run again? Shame on us citizens just as much as him, for allowing this from our elected leaders.

Why am I saying this today? New GAO report just out says that because of the Sequester only 1 job was lost and that was in the Justice Department. Only 1…in the United States of America.

Malloy was all over the news lying to us about huge job losses and devastated families. Partisan scare tactics. Now we know that job loss was in fact not the case in any way, shape, or form.

This man needs to apologize to everyone for his blatant lie or step aside for another Democrat to run.

This state has too many issues to have one of the choices be a person so deceitful, regardless of party. I’d rather have another Democrat Governor who won’t lie like this to people.