State Sen. John McKinney, the Republican leader in the state senate, has announced plans to travel the state talking about how to spend the public’s money more responsibly — and to challenge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget for the next two years.
(He’s also thinking about running against Gov. Malloy in 2014, but that’s probably just a coincidence.)
In an announcement, McKinney says the tour will start next Monday evening in Enfield:
Over the next two months, there will be a vigorous debate about the direction of our state and particularly its fiscal management. I want public input to be at the center of this debate. That’s why I’m hosting this tour
… Two years ago, when Governor Malloy was proud of his budget he went on a statewide tour to promote his vision of ‘shared sacrifice.’ That vision never materialized. Instead, government spending increased, promised savings from state employee unions were never achieved, and hardworking taxpayers were disproportionately burdened with the largest tax hike in our state’s history. With that track record, it is not surprising that Governor Malloy hasn’t initiated a public tour to review his latest proposal. But, I think it is more important than ever for the legislature and the governor to hear from the people of Connecticut … We need to find a way out of this fiscal crisis together. So, the primary purpose of our tour is to listen and learn.
… As I’ve said before, the governor’s budget is the most dishonest I’ve seen in my 15 years in the legislature. There are a number of areas where his rhetoric simply doesn’t match the reality of his proposal. For example, he claims $1.8 billion in cuts, but his budget actually spends $1.8 billion more over the next two years. And he promised no new taxes, but instead extended several taxes that were set to expire. People deserve to know the truth, so we will spend some time on this tour separating fact from fiction.
There are simply too many holes in the governor’s budget for it to gain legislative approval without significant changes. I want Connecticut residents to be heard as those changes are being considered by their elected representatives.
Here’s the schedule:
March 11 (Mon), 7-8:30pm
Enfield Town Hall Council Chambers
820 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082
March 14 (Thur) 7-8:30pm
Stratford, Wooster Middle School Auditorium
150 Lincoln St., Stratford, CT 06614
March 18 (Mon) 7-8:30pm
Wallingford Public Library Community Room
200 North Main St., Wallingford, CT 06492
March 21 (Thur) 7-8:30pm
Bristol City Hall Council Chambers
111 North Main St., Bristol, CT 06010
March 27 (Wed) 6-7:30pm
Greenwich Senior Center
299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830
April 1 (Mon) 7-8:30pm
Manchester Town Hall
41 Center St., Manchester, CT 06040
April 8 (Mon) 7-8:30pm
Danbury, Broadview Middle School Auditorium
72 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810