Category Archives: Gov. Dannel Malloy

State Capitol To Be Closed For Good Friday

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The state Capitol will be closed for Good Friday, which is a state holiday.

There are no committee meetings or public hearings listed on the official legislative schedule that is published daily during the General Assembly session.

UPDATE: Away from the Capitol, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman traveled to New Haven for a press conference Friday with the new mayor, Toni Harp, regarding increasing funding for legal services for the poor.

Cafero Says UTC Could Lay Off Workers And Still Get 35 Percent of Tax Credits

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With bipartisan support, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of a deal to allow Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. to use state tax credits as it seeks to build a new headquarters for the famed Pratt & Whitney division in East Hartford.

The bill passed by 134 to 4 with four Republicans voting against the measure. All Democrats present in the chamber voted in favor.

House Republican leader Larry Cafero said Thursday that UTC, under the bill, could lay off 1,650 workers and still get 35 percent of the state-paid tax credits that are being debated by the state legislature.

“Huh?” Cafero asked on the floor of the House at the state Capitol during the debate.

“That’s the part that bothered me,” Cafero said. “My concern is, what if it goes wrong?”

The deal that was crafted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has been widely praised by both business and labor, as well as Democrats and Republicans in Cafero’s own caucus.

“I hope I can be comforted and not so confused,” Cafero told his colleagues Thursday. “I encourage all of us to get those answers to those questions.”

“Let’s be honest. It’s about UTC and UTC alone,” Cafero said. “If this bill passes, God bless them. I wish them all the luck in the world.” Continue reading

Republicans Offer Alternative Budget That Would Eliminate Rebates, Keno, and EITC

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Ben Barnes, Brendan Sharkey, Gov. Dannel Malloy, John McKinney, Keno, Larry Cafero Date:

With less than three weeks remaining in the legislative session, Republicans offered an alternative budget Thursday that rejects Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $55 tax rebates and eliminates keno gambling.

The Republican plan would save the state more than $120 million per year by eliminating the state earned income tax credit for the working poor, but that idea was immediately criticized by Democrats.

Republicans said they were offering a gimmick-free alternative to the second year of the two-year budget that restores funding to multiple accounts that include transportation and clean energy.

“This is an honest approach that eliminates the ugly gimmicks and ‘techniques’ that have been employed to balance the budget only on paper,” said House Republican leader Larry Cafero of Norwalk. “Absent the gimmicks, the Democratic budget would be $150 million over the spending cap and out of balance.”

Republicans also blasted the statements by the Malloy administration, citing a University of Connecticut economist, that sending the rebate checks back to residents would stimulate the economy so much that it would create 1,200 new jobs.

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” said Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield. “Show me those jobs that are created. … You can’t make this stuff up. Real people in the real world don’t believe that adding that money [from rebates] creates jobs.”

Cafero asked, “If you got another 55 bucks, that’s all of a sudden going to create 1,200 jobs? What world does that happen in?”

But Malloy’s budget director, Ben Barnes, said that the Republican proposal falls short on several points as “a political document that’s heavy on rhetoric” that was produced “after months of grandstanding” against Malloy’s budget.

“Perhaps most troubling, it includes a $120 million tax increase on Connecticut’s working poor by eliminating the EITC, what Ronald Reagan called ‘the best antipoverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress,’ ” Barnes said.

Barnes continued, “It also contains $54.8 million in phantom spending cuts that are not detailed anywhere.  Finally, it does all this and yet their bottom line spending is less than 0.1 percent different from the Governor’s proposed budget. So much for cutting spending.”

The detailed Republican proposal includes more than 400 line items of cuts and additions in a wide variety of state departments, covering environmental protection, corrections, public safety, education, labor, transportation, motor vehicles, criminal justice, public health, and children and families. 

Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, the highest-ranking senator, said, “I didn’t see any bold ideas proposed by the Republicans. … After a big buildup, I think it was a big letdown.” Continue reading

YouTube Gun Debate: McKinney Says Record Distorted; Dems Say Pandering

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Gun control has been a highly controversial issue for decades, and that is continuing in the current election year.

The issue came up again when Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney was questioned in an exchange that was captured on YouTube. He was asked if Republicans gained control of both chambers of the state legislature and voted to repeal the gun-control bill that was passed last year, would he sign it.

McKinney responded, “If the legislature repeals something, I think the governor owes great deference to what the legislature does, and I would.”

McKinney was blasted for that response.

“It is unbelievable that John McKinney, who voted for the gun control bill “SB 1160,” now says if he were governor and the legislature sent him a bill repealing the legislation, he would sign it,” state Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said in a statement. “This is political pandering at its worst.”

But McKinney responded, “The misleading attack by the Democrat Party and the Malloy campaign represents exactly what’s wrong with politics. They took a two-hour long conversation and reduced it down to a 22-second sound bite to distort my record and the truth.”

“In our republic, the will of the people is expressed through its elected representatives. I stand by my comments: if the legislature repealed a law, I as governor, would give them great deference.” Continue reading

April 15 Tax Day: GOP Focuses On Malloy Tax Increase; Dems Talk About Rowland

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Jerry Labriola, John McKinney, John Rowland, Nancy DiNardo, Tom Foley Date:

On April 15 each year, voters and taxpayers are focused on the federal and state deadlines to get their taxes completed.

The Republican and Democratic parties both released statements Tuesday with a tax theme.

“On this Tax Day, we encourage all Connecticut families to thank Governor Dan Malloy and his record-setting tax increase for the $700 more in taxes they owe this year,” said Republican chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. “Today, we’re all receiving a painful reminder of exactly what Dan Malloy meant when he pledged to take a ‘different path.’ Instead of holding the line on taxes and reigning in out-of-control government spending, Governor Malloy increased government spending and passed the largest tax increase in state history at a time when Connecticut families could least afford it.”

Labriola continued, “In hopes of convincing voters to give him a second term, Governor Malloy has been ignoring the facts as he tours the state armed with Malloy Math and made up “facts” about Connecticut’s economy. But Connecticut voters know the truth. The reality is that Dan Malloy’s record-setting tax hikes and irresponsible spending increases have driven us further into debt and given Connecticut the worst economy in the nation.”

In response to Labriola’s comments about Malloy, Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo focused much of her statement on the past policies of former Gov. John G. Rowland, who left office in 2004. 

“The GOP gubernatorial candidates’ tax plans are like fairy tales: fun to read, but not believable,” DiNardo said. “Nearly all of them are saying some variation of the same thing: they’ll cut taxes by more than $1.5 billion. That reminds me of John Rowland, who ran in 1994 on a promise to eliminate the income tax. We all know how that turned out.”

DiNardo continued, “Seems they’re not quite done with John Rowland yet, since all of them are trying to be just like him. Either their ‘proposed’ cuts won’t happen, or if they do, they will attempt to balance the budget by gutting funding for essential programs like education, or by laying off tens of thousands of state employees. There simply aren’t many places in the state budget where you can cut $1.5 billion.”

Gov. Malloy Mispronounces Auriemma At UConn Parade Outside State Capitol

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy captured some attention at the University of Connecticut basketball parade on Sunday by mispronouncing the name of the women’s team’s well-known coach, Geno Auriemma.

Some in the crowd started to boo, and Malloy, who had just returned from Florida and was hoarse, said, “Did I mispronounce it? … I got a bad voice.”

The Courant’s longtime sports columnist, Jeff Jacobs, reports the following from the rally outside the state Capitol in Hartford:

Before he drew boos for mispronouncing Geno Auriemma’s last name — making him a candidate to run for mayor of Boston — Gov. Malloy had drawn big cheers for welcoming the crowd to the “Basketball Capital of America.”

And on this day, who was in position to argue?

This date, April 13, is a date that forever will hold a grip on the hearts of sports fans in our state.

April 13, 1997, was a dark, dark day.

Hartford’s last NHL game was played that day, and it was mourned by thousands and thousands. Seventeen years later, about 25 members of the Hartford Whalers Booster Club gathered Sunday for its annual “Fanniversary” at the Black Bear Saloon.

April 13, 2014, was a great, great day.

Across the street and up the hill from the Black Bear, 200,000 gathered for a parade to celebrate UConn’s dual national basketball championships.

Republicans Declare Victory in Special State Election In Northern CT

by Categorized: 2014 Election, CCDL, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Roy Occhiogrosso, Sandra A. Lyon Date:

Republicans were declaring victory Friday night as East Granby finance board member Tami Zawistowski won a special election over Democrat Peter Hill in the 61st district in northern Connecticut.

The special election was held to fill the seat of former Democratic state Rep. Elaine O’Brien of Suffield, a two-term legislator who died in February at 58 of brain cancer.

Zawistowski, a pro-gun advocate and former president of the East Granby Chamber of Commerce, had lost when she ran for the seat against O’Brien in 2012. The district covers East Granby, Suffield, and parts of northern Windsor.

Zawistowski had received support on the blog of the pro-gun Connecticut Citizens Defense League.

Insiders said that the race was emblematic of a broader trend in politics beyond the boundaries of the district. Greenwich business executive Tom Foley, who leads among Republicans in the race for governor, campaigned along with Zawistowski, while U.S. Senator Chris Murphy went door to door with Hill.

The race marks the second time that Republicans have recently won a previously Democratic legislative seat in a special election. Republicans won a seat last year that had been held by Democrats for decades, including by Nancy Wyman of Tolland, who now serves as lieutenant governor.

Democrats now hold a majority of 96 to 54 in the state House of Representatives with one seat open in a Democratic district in New Haven.

“Tami’s landslide victory tonight is a true testament of the strength of her Republican message of restoring much-needed fiscal sanity to our state,” state GOP chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. said Friday night.

“Tonight’s results are also a clear referendum on the failed economic policies of Dan Malloy, which have given us the worst economy in the nation, brutally high taxes, and an unemployment rate that continues to far exceed the national average.

House GOP leader Larry Cafero said, “This is a great grassroots effort in this district, and we’ve shown over time a propensity to win these targeted races when we get our message out and our people out. This is a wonderful harbinger for the coming election cycle.”

Malloy’s campaign spokesman, James Hallinan, referred questions to the state Democratic Party. Sandra A. Lyon, the chief of staff for the state Democrats, said she commended Hill “on a hard-fought race and congratulate Tami Zawistowski.”

“But please, someone give Jerry Labriola a reality check,” Lyon said, adding, “As much as Jerry needs good news, a special election for a state House race is not an indicator of anything for November.” Continue reading

First Major TV Debate In Governor’s Race Friday; To Be Broadcast Sunday Morning

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Greenwich, Joe Visconti, John McKinney, Mark Boughton, Tom Foley Date:

The first major television debate in the governor’s race was held Friday at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.

While Republicans have faced off in various forums across the state, Friday was the first big debate televised statewide. Sponsored by The Hartford Courant and FOX CT, the one-hour debate was taped in front of a live audience in the Twain House auditorium and will be broadcast at 10 a.m. Sunday on FOX CT.

The debate will preempt “The Real Story” and Tom Dudchik’s weekly Capitol Report that combine for the Political Power Hour on Sunday mornings.

The participants were Senate Republican leader John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Avon attorney Martha Dean, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, and former West Hartford town council member Joe Visconti. Greenwich business executive Tom Foley, who is leading among Republicans in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, did not appear. Continue reading

Senate Approves Increased Authority For Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Rob Kane Date:

In a move that would change some aspects of medicine, the state Senate voted late Wednesday night to allow nurse practitioners to work independently without collaborating with doctors.

The advanced practice registered nurses – known in the trade as APRNs – would be able to prescribe drugs and treat patients independently after being licensed in Connecticut for three years.

The bipartisan measure passed by 25 to 11 as both Republicans and Democrats broke with their party members in a vote at about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday. The Senate adjourned soon after, and Senate majority leader Martin Looney said the chamber will likely be in session only one day next week due to the religious holidays of Passover, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday.

The law now states that the nurses must collaborate with a doctor and must have a written agreement concerning their current authority to write prescriptions with their own prescription pads. If approved by the House and signed into law, the nurses could operate alone without a physician’s direction.

The proposal came from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration in response to the new federal health law commonly known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, there will be more emphasis on primary care, which is the type of care that the advanced nurses offer.

After the vote, Malloy said, “Due to Connecticut’s successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nearly 200,000 residents now have access to health care. As the healthcare industry grows and changes, the role of advance practice registered nurses remains critical.  This legislation will make sure that residents have access to high-quality preventative care, so they can lead healthier lives.”

More than 4,000 APRNs are actively practicing in the state, and many of them see indigent patients who are covered by Medicaid.

“Collaboration is currently with a physician,” said Sen. Theresa B. Gerratana, a New Britain Democrat who co-chairs the public health committee. “What we are doing here is making them independent of the collaboration. This is not the establishment of independent practice. They already have that. … The only thing that changes is the decoupling of the collaborative agreement.”

Under the bill, she added, “They are independent of collaboration.”

“Very often, doctors will not accept Medicaid patients by and large,” Gerratana said, adding that the APRNs could see the patients.

She said that at least one APRN testified to the public health committee that she had difficulty finding a physician to collaborate with in Connecticut. Continue reading

UConn Parade Set for Sunday Afternoon in Hartford

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A parade celebrating the UConn’s double NCAA basketball championships will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in Hartford, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

“I am proud that we can strike while the iron’s hot,” Malloy told reporters at a pres conference. “I urge everyone to come to Hartford and support our amazing national champions…It has been a remarkable run. I attended a lot of the games myself in person during the regular season.”

Later, the governor’s office released details about the parade. It will begin at the state Capitol at 4:00 p.m. The route will continue north on Trinity Street, take a right on Jewell Street, bear left at Gold Street, turn right onto Main Street and then make a right onto Capitol Avenue before returning to the Capitol.

Immediately afterward, there will be a victory rally on the north steps of the building. Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations to finance both events, which are being produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations.

Corporate sponsors are also helping to underwrite the cost of the celebration. Companies can choose from several sponsorship levels ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less.

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