It’s pretty unusual when Democrat Jonathan Pelto agrees with Senate Republican leader John McKinney, but they agree on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal that came out Wednesday.
“There are a lot of things I don’t agree with Senator John McKinney about, but in this case he is absolutely right. Governor Malloy’s proposed budget is a sham and a shame. It is an embarrassment that a Democrat proposed such an irresponsible budget, and the Democrats in the Legislature will need to start from scratch.
“As Senator McKinney put it, “”There’s so many gimmicks. I don’t know where to stop…This is the most dishonest budget I’ve seen.”
“He is sadly correct in his assessment,” Pelto wrote.
But in a press conference at the state Capitol, both budget director Ben Barnes and chief of staff Mark Ojakian strongly defended Malloy’s budget Wednesday against accusations that it is filled with gimmicks.
“This budget is brutally honest,” Barnes told reporters outside the Capitol press room. “We have nothing to hide.”