Governor-elect Dan Malloy told MSNBC this morning that sales-tax exemptions are going to get a hard look by his administration as it looks to close a deficit of as much as $3.7 billion.

“We’re going to take a serious look at what we’re not taxing,” said Malloy, a guest on “The Daily Rundown,” a political show that has been interviewing governors-elect.

As examples, Malloy mentioned newspapers and haircuts.

He also repeated a campaign pledge to examine “tax expenditures,” tax credits and other breaks that he says don’t always produce jobs or other economic benefits for the state.

Asked about the death penalty, Malloy repeated his pledge to sign legislation abolishing capital punishment in favor of a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.

But he has no plans to take a leadership role on an abolition drive, other than staking out a clear position: He would sign an abolition bill that Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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