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|
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.