Courant staff writer Kathleen Megan reports:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday morning that he probably would sign the Sunday alcohol sales bill next week, and that sales could start the following Sunday, May 20.
The governor made his remarks during a post-legislative-session morning news conference with reporters.
Malloy hailed the accomplishments of the session, as he had in his remarks to lawmakers shortly after midnight the night before.
When asked where he goes from here, the governor said, “I’m really looking forward to pushing my commissioners and managers to continue the process of restructuring Connecticut state government, to modernize it, to bring higher uses of technology to the fore for the purposes of cutting expenses in the state.”
He said he had already been meeting with those commissioners to talk about such issues as the environment, economic development, transportation, tax policy and social services. He specifically referenced the “burgeoning number of people on the autism spectrum and what those implications are for long-term management.”
He said he was “looking forward to time to delve deeper into those issues and bring results forward.”
Malloy also said that, despite all the non-economic issues that came during the 2012 session that ended Wednesday, the administration never took its eye off jobs creation. “Now,” Malloy said, “we’ll be talking about jobs more in the future as we try to rebuild Connecticut’s economy.”
Asked about campaign finance bill that passed during the session, he reiterated that he has concerns about it but said he has not reached any conclusion. He said first needs to study the bill and reach out to legal scholars about it.