Gov.-elect Ned Lamont will take office in January and on February 6, about a month into his tenure, will present his budget proposal to the legislature and to the people of Connecticut. Except for a few carefully crafted messages during the campaign he didn’t tell us how he intends to address the state’s mounting financial issues, so we have few hints about what he will propose. He is, though, assembling a transition team to help him in this endeavor, getting input from current Gov. Dannel Malloy, and has invited people from all across the political spectrum to advance ideas. In short, he appears to be following in the noble tradition of reinventing the wheel.
Based on our experience as municipal elected officials, we’d like to pose three critical questions to Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates, inviting their public response. State residents will be directly affected by your actions, and they deserve to understand what you would do as governor.