Back from a weekend in San Diego at the National Governors Association meeting, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met reporters Monday morning at the state Capitol complex and fielded a variety of questions on wide-ranging topics.
One of those was whether he supports taxes on items like candy and soda, which has been a hot topic in some states.
“I’m not proposing tax increases,” Malloy responded. “If what we’re trying to get at is changing behaviors, I think there are other ways to change behaviors. OK? For instance, calorie counts, better disclosure, better public information. I think consumers will make choices and are making choices.”
“I happen to like McDonald’s,” Malloy continued. ”I like the dollar. One is the McDouble, and one is something else. With the McDouble, you get two pieces of cheese and two burgers. That’s more money. One of them is you get one piece of cheese and two burgers. That’s less money. That costs a dollar. I like that thing. So I wander in about once a month and do a McDonald’s.”
When a high-profile aide tried to interrupt during the McDonald’s tale, Malloy said, “I’m telling a story. Just relax.”
The crowd laughed.
He added, “And I’m amazed now at how many kids are opting for sliced apples in their little box.”