Malloy’s Big Lie on Student Financial Aid

Yesterday, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy traveled around the state to brag about his record and plans “to make higher education more affordable.”  Malloy stopped at various colleges and universities to release his “three-point plan to help families afford a higher education.”

Malloy’s press statement read;

“At a series of events in New Britain, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford, Governor Malloy outlined a series of proposals to continuing his work to make higher education more affordable for Connecticut families.”

As proof of Governor Malloy’s commitment to helping Connecticut’s college students and their families, Malloy’s PR operation explained, “The Malloy-Wyman Administration has made affordable higher education a priority,” adding “The Malloy-Wyman Administration has already undertaken a number of actions to improve college affordability.”

The move to put a positive spin on Governor Malloy’s record on higher education is an unsettling reminder of just how far some politicians will go to lie and mislead the voters.

Dan Malloy’s record could not be clearer: 

When Malloy became governor in January 2011, the state of Connecticut provided $62.4 million a year in student financial aid grants to Connecticut students with financial need attending Connecticut universities and colleges.

The program was designed to help keep Connecticut’s students in Connecticut rather than have them leave the state to get a college education.

In Malloy’s first year in office, he cut the amount of state funding for grants to $52.1 million.

In his second budget Malloy cut funding for student financial aid to 45.3 million.

The following year he had the Connecticut General Assembly rename Connecticut’s financial aid grant programs so that it would be called the “Governor’s Scholarship Program” and cut the total amount of state money allocated for student aid grants to $42 million, a level of funding  Malloy repeated in this year’s state budget.

At the same time, Governor Dannel Malloy pushed through the deepest cuts in history to Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.

By reducing state support for Connecticut’s public institutions of higher education, tuition and fees have skyrocketed, as more and more of the burden falls on the backs of Connecticut’s students and their families.

At the very same time, Malloy was making his historic cuts to Connecticut’s universities and colleges, he also CUT funding for student financial aid by 33%.

Since Malloy took office, he has reduced the total amount of state financial aid for Connecticut students attending Connecticut colleges by $69 million.

And now, with about seven weeks to go until the 2014 election for governor, Malloy has the gall to make a series of campaign stops in which his PR operation promises that,

“Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman will add an additional $10 million to the Governor’s Scholarship Program, allowing for thousands more Connecticut residents to afford higher education.”

It would be funny if it wasn’t such a serious commentary about Malloy’s unwillingness to tell the truth about his record, his policies and the fiscal crisis facing Connecticut.

Here we have a campaign promise for more student financial aid from the governor who has slashed student financial aid.

And this from the governor who says he won’t raise taxes, he won’t layoff state employees, he won’t seek union concessions, he won’t reduce vital services AND he will cut taxes…all in front of a backdrop in which his budget strategies have left Connecticut with a projected $1.4 billion budget deficit next year.

Here is the truth about Malloy and Connecticut Student Financial Aid:

Year  State Funding for Student Financial Aid
FY 11 (Rell’s last budget) $62.2 Million
FY 12 (Malloy’s first budget) $52.1
FY 13 $45.3
FY 14 $42.0
FY 15 $42.0


Of Malloy’s “three point plan,” the other “two points” were equally misleading.  A later Wait, What? blog post will highlight Malloy’s effort to mislead voters on his so-called initiative “Providing Student Loan Interest Relief,” and his equally absurd “Refinancing Student Loans” plan.

In the meantime, you can read more about his spin on higher education in a story written by Keith Phaneuf at:  Malloy urges a 2nd tax cut, this time for those with student debt.

It would appear that the Malloy re-election campaign operation has reached the point where sticking to the truth is no longer of any value whatsoever.

  • cindy

    Why are there so many sociopathic liars in politics?

  • buygoldandprosper

    Maybe a typical family might get a whopping $100 with Dans’ plan. Maybe. But tuition is going up. Fees are going up. Dan give’s a little and takes a lot. He got some headlines out of the story and he will move on with his scorched earth policies.
    OT, I noted his campaign was questioning Lazy-Boy Foley’s definition of “service” in the Middle East. Now, very much like the Malloy’s clan attending public schools, do a little research and look at the Malloy family’s military service. Not just Dan and his three spawn, but the extended Malloy clan. How many served their country in the military?
    He wraps himself in the flag and lace curtains but leaves the heavy lifting to everyone else.

    • buygoldandprosper

      Here is some Dan math:
      I have a home that dropped in assessed value by 24.6% yet my property taxes have gone up every year, in the second worst economy in our nations history, by over 15%.
      Crime has escalated.
      “Fees” have skyrocketed from Metro North to used mattresses.
      City services have declined and the schools…well, they do not have the best reputation, even though I view them as OK.
      I pay the second highest utility rates in the nation for some of the WORST service, and my water and roads and air quality suck.
      What’s wrong with the picture? Dan and Cathy seem pretty fat and happy.

      • buygoldandprosper

        More Dan math as he grasps at straws, talking down to a student yesterday in Middletown re: tuition increases :
        .45 increase in the minimum wage.
        Work eight hours and make an extra $3.60, before taxes.
        Dan brags about raising the minimum wage but how many CITIES in America have raised the minimum to far higher levels? Cathy Malloy got a far larger raise with her gig at GHAC than forty five cents an hour!

      • jschmidt2

        A Q poll should 49% of the residents want to leave the state. Not surprising.

  • jschmidt2

    Great article Jon. Malloy must have used Common Core math. He comes into office increases spending by $900 million, raises taxes, can’t tell what our deficit or surplus is at any given time, promised tax cuts and didn’t deliver, gave tax relief to companies many of which gave to Democrat organizations, and now promises tax cuts to any organization he can bribe to vote for him. No one can trust anything this guy says.

  • Bluecoat
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  • buygoldandprosper

    I laud Ms. Pereira but, again, warn her that those are CRIPS colors…she is luck that it was just keys.

  • msavage

    I read about his “three point plan” yesterday and just had to laugh. It’s just so absurd. To think that anyone would fall for this shite…come on, no one’s that dumb, right? 2 months before the election and he’s throwing out all these ridiculous bones. It’s just pathetic.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    And education graduates from CT who are bound to pay Danny boy’s inflated tuition at CT’s public colleges are then denied jobs that Stefan, the idiot, Pryor has given (or sold to) to Teach for America. Administrative jobs have gone to any outsider with a political donation in hand, but no prior experience of knowledge of CT education practices. Oh…….pardon me Administrative Excellence can now be obtained from Achievement First who will produce “exceptional” leaders to replace the “incumbent failures” in 10 days time. And lest we not forget our own National men’s and women’s basketball champs university now has a special program for Superintendents who only have to make 3 phone calls and submit a forged paper. Or the New London Express Dr of Education Superintendent and Cracker Jax (just show me the money, no work required) program. WANT TO KNOW WHAT DANNY BOY’S EDUCATIONAL AGENDA IS FOR THE FUTURE? MORE OF SAME BS AND PILED HIGHER AND DEEPER.

  • buygoldandprosper

    “Thanks to climbing tuition…, 40 million Americans now have at least one outstanding student loan, according to new analysis from credit bureau Experian. That’s up from 29 million consumers in 2008.”
    “…That has helped to push nationwide student loan debt to an all-time record of $1.2 trillion, an 84% jump since the recession.”
    WOW! DANNY MALLOY! That extra $3.60 a day before taxes will really make a dent in student debt. Great work. You sure are going to pull Americans out of working poverty with that increase while you look the other way for CL&P and line the pockets of Bridegwater and any number of your corporate rent collectors.

    • buygoldandprosper

      Of course DAN’S KIDS have no student debt…at least the spawn that made it through college. The Malloy’s look after their own at our expense. No need for GI Bill stuff. Probably well compensated “internships” took the load off Mom and Dad.

  • JMC

    Wasn’t there an article recently about CT state university tuition going up by 6%? After lots of board members got a hefty raise?

  • buygoldandprosper

    “RBS confirms it has contingency plan to move its HQ from Scotland to London if
    there’s a Yes vote in the referendum :
    It is comforting to know that King Dan the First is still paying RBS and UBS to maintain empty real estate in Stamford…with YOUR money.

  • buygoldandprosper

    No doubt they were protected by seatbelts…
    What? Danny used the money to help “balance” the budget?!,0,1934873.story

  • buygoldandprosper

    Here is another BIG LIE revealed…Dan claims the state economy is rebounding under his “leadership”:
    “foreclosure auctions increased in roughly half of all U.S. states, with Colorado (up 116%), Oregon (up 117%), Connecticut (up 81%), New York (up 81%) and Oklahoma (up 72%) leading the way.”
    Danny will blame the other guy or quickly change the subject or boast about a whopping forty-five cent increase in the minimum wage, while he lines his pockets with contributions from all the corporations that are awash with state “grants” and forgivable loans based on empty promises.
    SAY! How is Earl O’Garro doing and where is that fancy car he bought with Danny’s “loans”?