Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Dan Malloy told party leaders recently that things have to change in
“The mere fact that they almost chased ESPN out of town is amazing,” Malloy said.
The tax changes that ESPN opposed have been stripped from revenue plans developed by the Democratic-controlled legislature after critics howled, but Republican Gov. Jodi Rell never backed the tax hikes that lawmakers initially sought.
But Rell came in for plenty of criticism from the
Malloy said that Rell’s plans to shutter technical schools in
“She’s clearly after you,” Malloy said.
Rell’s spokesmen have repeatedly said that no town has been targeted. They said that Rell is trying to spread the pain of closing an $8 billion budget gap as fairly as possible across the entire state.
They said that Rell doesn’t want to hike taxes so there’s no alternative except to close some courthouses, schools and other services in order to fund more crucial needs.
Malloy said that
Focusing on the need to create more jobs, he said, is “how the Democrats are going to win” the 2010 governor’s race.
At least two other top Democrats -- Secretary of the State Susan Bysiezwicz and former House Speaker James Amman -- are also in the running for their party’s gubernatorial backing.
Malloy said that he would like to avoid a potentially costly primary fight this time -- he lost one narrowly in 2006 to
Malloy, who’s stepping down as Stamford’s mayor in November after 14 years at the helm, said he’s got a better chance this time around because “nobody knew me” in 2006. He said he’s ready this time to win.
Rell, whose standing in the polls remains high, hasn’t said whether she’ll seek reelection. No other Republicans have indicated a desire to take her place.
Jim Hopkins, a Democratic activist in
“If they’re not going to pay their fair share, who’s going to pay?”
Malloy said the state needs a more progressive income tax so that the wealthy pay more.
But, he said, the state also has to “fight for every job” and can’t afford to risk losing businesses like ESPN to cheaper locales.
“It’s easy for them to leave,” Malloy said.
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