In a recent interview with the CT Mirror, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy said,
“We really don’t have a deficit.”
However, if the truth be told, according to the non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, the State of Connecticut continues to face a monumental fiscal crisis. In fact, here are the projections from the experts for the fiscal years following this November’s election;
Fiscal Year 2016: A $1.4 billion Connecticut state budget deficit
Fiscal Year 2017: A $1.6 billion Connecticut state budget deficit
Fiscal Year 2018: A $1.8 billion Connecticut state budget deficit
Malloy says the Office of Fiscal Analysis is wrong, although he uses their numbers when he complains that he inherited a $3.7 billion state budget deficit from former Governor Rell.
The most recent campaign pitch from Malloy is that he wants to be judged on his record.
And the fact is his record is extremely clear.
As a result of Malloy’s unfair tax package that coddled the rich and disproportionately hit the middle class, along with his constant use of budget gimmicks, the candidate who wins this year’s gubernatorial election will have to deal with a situation in which Connecticut will be at least $4.8 billion short of what would be needed to balance the state budget over the next three years.
Meanwhile, the cornerstone of Malloy’s campaign is his claim that he won’t propose or accept any tax increases during the next four years, he won’t need to renege on his deal with the state employee unions nor will he have to ask for further concessions from state employees and he won’t cut vital services here in Connecticut.
Is Malloy intentionally misleading voters?
Is he straight out lying?
According to that same CT Mirror article, Malloy says he will be able to achieve the un-achievable because, as he puts it, “he’s confident that both the nation’s and Connecticut’s economy are on the cusp of a major surge.”
As Connecticut heads into the last three months of the 2014 gubernatorial election, Governor Malloy may want to remember the famous phrase attributed to President Abraham Lincoln who said,
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
If there is one thing that the 2014 campaign for governor should be about – it is tell the people of Connecticut the truth.
Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto