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Gov. Ned Lamont delivered a pep talk, conversational throughout and self-deprecating at times, challenging lawmakers: “No more badmouthing the state of Connecticut.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy set the stage Wednesday in his 2017 State of the State address for a protracted and difficult debate on how to further shrink state government, extract more concessions from unions on pension and health benefits, and better focus a smaller pool of state aid for education to the systems most in need. Any one would be difficult.
“Cuts in specific areas, or outright eliminations, should not be taken to mean that certain work is not valued. It simply means that we can no longer afford to do it all, and that our spending must be focused on the very core, essential services for our residents.
And to be clear, saving money isn’t just about cutting line-items, or reducing headcount. Agencies will continue to modernize systems, reduce waste, and increase productivity in order to cut costs as much as possible before impacting services, or the valuable employees who provide them.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cast himself Wednesday in his sixth State of the State address as a vigorous agent of change, not the stolid defender of an entrenched administration wobbling under the weight of bad polling, dwindling revenues and growing debt.
This is the text as prepared for delivery of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s address to the legislature.
Malloy’s speech, as prepared for delivery.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s staff had praise for his transportation initiative teed up before the governor delivered the first words of the 2015 State of the State Address.
In his fourth and final State of the State address before facing re-election, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered a ringing defense Thursday of his response to an inherited fiscal crisis and a rebuke of critics whom he says refuse to acknowledge a slow, yet measurable recovery from recession.