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Early Quinnipiac Poll Shows Malloy and Foley in Tight 2014 Race for Governor


By Eugene Joh, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  A slight majority of voters approve of the way Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is currently handling his job, but do not think he deserves reelection, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The study, conducted between May 1 and 6, surveyed 1,668 registered voters in the state.

tomfoley concedesThe poll shows that 48 percent of respondents said that they approve of Malloy’s performance, against 46 percent who said they disapproved. When asked about whether or not Malloy deserved a second term, however, only 44 percent were in favor of his reelection. And 48 percent were against putting him back in office.

The news comes at a troubling time for Malloy, who looks to gain ground against familiar foe Tom Foley (R) in the 2014 gubernatorial race in November. Last week’s poll numbers also indicated that Malloy and Foley are deadlocked at 43 percent each heading into the most intense months of the campaign trail.

Four years ago, Malloy narrowly defeated Foley in the gubernatorial race by a margin of less than 1 percent, edging the race with about 6,500 more votes than his opponent. Early indications are that this year may provide a similarly close contest.

“It’s déjà vu all over again,” Douglas Schwartz, the director of the poll, said in a statement. “…Malloy and Foley remain locked in a dead heat,” he said.

Opinions of Malloy as an individual were almost even among those surveyed, with 46 percent saying their opinion is favorable and 45 percent saying it is unfavorable. Foley holds a better ratio with 36 percent favorable to 23 percent unfavorable, but the largest majority, 39 percent, said they haven’t heard enough about him, something that will likely change in the coming months.

The poll indicates a 35-53 majority disapprove of Malloy’s handling of the state budget, to go along with a 32-61 mark for taxes and a 38-55 mark for jobs and the economy. 45 percent of respondents who disapproved of Malloy in the poll said their main reason for disapproval was the budget, taxes, or jobs/economy. Conversely, just 14 percent of respondents who approved of Malloy said the main reason for their approval had to do with those three issues.

“Economic issues are dragging Gov. Malloy down,” Schwartz said. “A bright spot for Malloy is that voters think he has strong leadership qualities and is honest and trustworthy.”

The only decisive section of the poll for Malloy was when respondents were asked about his character. A 59-36 majority in the poll said that Malloy has strong leadership skills, while a 57-33 majority said they believe he is honest and trustworthy.

The poll indicates that Foley is the clear frontrunner in the Republican Party, holding a 39-9 advantage over his next closest competitor Mark Boughton. Leading up to primaries, Foley and Malloy seem poised for a sequel to their dramatic 2010 race for governor, with public opinion looking to be as indecisive as ever.

Tom Foley conceding his defeat in the 2008 gubernatorial election. Quinnipiac Poll shows it’s déjà vu.

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Malloy Discusses More Consolidations, Possible Job Growth, From Davos


By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans Friday for a second round of agency consolidations, including combining oversight for the University of Connecticut, its health center and the chief medical examiner’s office.

Malloy, who discussed the proposed changes during his noon conference call from Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, will ask the legislature next month to combine 15 departments and agencies into seven.

The governor also said he faced “another jam-packed day” at the conference, including discussions with one company considering a major expansion that would add 1,000 new jobs in the state.

“I can’t elaborate,” he said. But “it was a definitive and detailed discussion about that possibility” of expanding here.

“Last year we began the work of changing how the state does business — making government smaller, less costly and easier to navigate,” Malloy said. “Like companies and families across the state and the country, state government must do more with less. This session we are continuing the effort to ensure government is working as efficiently as possible.”

Malloy said the UConn merger was a natural fit, particularly given that the chief medical examiner’s office is located on the Farmington campus of the UConn health center. “There’s a lot of interaction,” the governor said. “They’re on that campus.”

Other proposals include merging:

 

  • The Administrative Services and Construction Services departments;
  • The Office of Protection and Advocacy and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities;
  • The Comptroller’s office and the Teacher’s Retirement Board;
  • The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Psychiatric Security Review Board;
  • The Labor Department and the Workers’ Compensation Commission;
  • And the state’s Health & Education Facilities and Higher Education Supplemental Loan authorities.

 

Malloy said there would be relatively little in terms of position cuts, and budgetary savings, in 2012-13, the first fiscal year the mergers would take effect under his proposal.

“Most of the people in these particular areas — not all — fall under the no-layoff-clause,” the governor said, referring to the concessions deal his office negotiated and state employee unions and the legislature approved last year.

In exchange for a two-year wage freeze, new restrictions on health care and retirement benefits, and savings from other changes, the administration agreed to exempt most bargaining units from layoffs for four fiscal years, through 2013-14.

No specific cost-savings projections were released Friday. But the administration is watching for opportunities to trim positions further through attrition, and the governor said he expects those mergers will yield additional savings in future years.

Malloy added that while he didn’t expect to propose further concessions in his next budget plan, “I don’t want to rule it out.”

The governor and legislature agreed on a plan last spring for a net reduction of 22 departments and agencies, from 81 to 59. Technically, the new budget removed 27 entities via consolidation, but it also created five new ones, eliminating a net total of nearly 70 positions at that time.

One of the biggest consolidations involved the merger of nine watchdog agencies — covering ethics, elections enforcement, right-to-know laws, clean contracting, oversight of child welfare services and others — into the new Office of Governmental Accountability.

Other major changes merged the departments of Public Utility Control and Environmental Protection; put the Department of Information Technology and some functions of the Department of Public Works into the Department of Administrative Services; and merged the Connecticut State University System, the community colleges and Charter Oak State College into the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

In referred to his discussions with businesses, Malloy said his administration has been in various stages of talks with more than 20 companies that potentially could qualify for “substantial benefits” under existing state programs designed to assist companies prepared to create new jobs.

“I have concrete offers that I have received at Davos,” the governor said, quickly noting that in some cases it can take months or even years of talks before any deal is struck.

Other highlights of the governor’s day included a breakfast with the leader of Swiss banking giant UBS. Besides a enjoying “robust discussion about challenges for businesses in the United States,” Malloy said he also was questioned by European business and political leaders who are worried about the current gridlock on Capitol Hill.

They want to know “if our politics are permanently broken or if this is a temporary malady,” he said.

This story originally appeared at www.CTMirror.org.

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Hartford Rep:Ed Workshop Begins “Real Progress”


HARTFORD — A recent education reform workshop sponsored by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at Central Connecticut State University set the stage for “real progress” with the state’s entrenched problems in educating all of its children.

So said State Rep. Douglas McCrory (D-Hartford), vice-chair of the legislature’s Education Committee.  McCory, who was a panelist at the event, said the state is now poised to address the academic achivement gap during the 2012 legislative session, which convenes February.

McCrory’s panel discussed ways to improve low performing school districts and promote excellence in teaching.

“Achieving equal educational opportunity is a challenge that requires real reforms,” McCrory said. “This forum was a great kick-off to the debate that lies ahead as we seek bold and innovative changes.”

Specifically, McCrory said he wants to make universal pre-school available for all children and the state’s education funding formula adjusted to provide more resources to failing school districts.

He also supports stronger teacher evaluations that are not simply based on standardized test scores, he said

“Parental involvement will also always be a critical part of any successful equation,” McCrory said.

The achievement gap refers to the disparity of academic performance between groups of students, especially by ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress project, Connecticut’s achievement gap is the largest in the nation, particularly between white and African American students.

 

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Malloy Continues ‘Jobs Tour’ in Hartford


HARTFORD — Mayor Pedro Segarra will join Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday on a ‘jobs tour’ stop in the Blue Hills section of Hartford.

Both men will visit the staff of the New England Assistive Technology Center at Oak Hill in Hartford at 1 p.m.

Oak Hill is a private non-profit corporation that is the largest private provider of services to people with disabilities in Connecticut.

They have over 1,400 employees throughout the state and provide community based residential care, day programs, assistive technology, supported work, training to work with people with disabilities, an equipment restoration center, and a fully licensed school and pre-school for children with disabilities.

The Governor’s “Jobs Tour” was coordinated by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development.

NEAT is located at Holcomb and Coventry Streets in the Blue Hills neighborhood.

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Malloy, Others Celebrate Snagging Tanker Contract


HARTFORD — Cause for celebration is in the air amidst threats of statewide layoffs.

On Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will join Connecticut lawmakers and employees from Pratt & Whitney at a rally in celebration of obtaining the contract of the next generation tanker project, the continued successes of the F-35 Project, and to stress the general importance that defense contracting plays in the state’s manufacturing economy.

They will be joined by U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (WA-06), the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

WHO: Gov. Malloy, Sen. Lieberman, Congressman Larson, Congressman Courtney, Congresswoman DeLauro, Congressman Dicks, East Hartford Mayor Leclerc, Everett Corey (International Association of Machinists District 26), UTC Executives.
WHAT: Pratt & Whitney rally in support of state manufacturing
WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2011; 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Pratt & Whitney Museum Hanger; Aircraft Avenue, East Hartford

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Malloy Changes Venue For Town Hall Meeting


HARTFORD —  Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s office yesterday announced that Monday’s Town Hall Meeting scheduled in the City of Hartford has been moved to RJ Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts.

Malloy’s office announced that the venues for other previously scheduled Town Hall Meetings in Stamford, New Haven, Greenwich, Manchester, Windham, Norwalk and Danbury have also been relocated to venues with a larger capacity.

Malloy is in the middle holding a series of 17 constituent meetings throughout Connecticut, allowing him an opportunity to discuss the state’s pressing economic and budgetary issues face-to-face with state residents, while listening to their own thoughts and suggestions, as well.  All of the events are open to the public, tickets are not necessary.

To date, the governor has held seven of these meetings, which began in February.

The most up-to-date schedule of Governor Malloy’s Town Hall Meetings are kept on the Governor’s official website at: http://www.ct.gov/malloy/townhalls

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Obama Approves Aid For Jan. Snow Storm


HARTFORD — President Barack Obama has approved Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s February 18 request for a major disaster declaration for federal aid in connection with the Jan. 12 snowstorm.

This declaration includes Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, New London and Tolland Counties, including the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nations.

This federal aid will provide financial assistance to Connecticut cities and state agencies to help pay for emergency protective measures such as snow removal and other storm-related costs.

The eligible assistance time period has been approved for 48 hours for Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, New London, Tolland Counties and the Tribal Nations, and for 72 hours for New Haven County.

The President did not declare a major disaster for Middlesex and Windham Counties. Malloy has directed the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to prepare an appeal on behalf of these two counties.

In addition, all counties and Tribal Nations in Connecticut are eligible to apply for assistance under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards. The President’s declaration also allows Connecticut to make additional designations at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

The joint FEMA-State of Connecticut Preliminary Damage assessment for the January 12 snowstorm revealed over $14 million in estimated eligible costs.

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City Legislators: State Budget Solid On Education, Cities…


By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed 2012-2013 budget so far is solid on education.

That was the consensus among most Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday after Malloy gave his first budget address before the House of Representative and Senate at the Capitol in Hartford.

Overall, the city’s top political leaders were cautiously optimistic about the governor’s proposed $18.2 billion budget and praised the commitment to education refrom, from preK-12  to higher education.

“What I’m hearing is good,” said Hartford’s 7th Assembly District Rep. Doug McCrory (D). McCrory is also vice chair of the Education Committee.

The 2nd District State Sen. Eric Coleman (D) agreed.

“Certainly, I like what’ve heard,” said Coleman, whose district includes Bloomfield, Windsor and Hartford. “But as we all know, there has to be an examination of the details. We have to face up to our reality…some things might be cut.”

Malloy said last week that one proposed cut not in the budget is a slash to the state’s Educational Cost Sharing grant. The ECS is a formula used to disburse money to schools. The governor also reiterated his commitment to closing the academic achievement gap.

“It is dismaying to all of us, that Connecticut has the largest achievement gap of any state in the nation,” he said in his 38-minute speech. “That so many of our children are falling behind without ever getting the chance to get ahead — is something we should not tolerate. That’s why, despite the fiscal challenges we face, I refuse to put an additional burden on our cities and towns by reducing funding for local education.”

Malloy also proposed education reform in the state’s school funding formula, support for future funding of universal prekindergarten education and teacher tenure rules so that administrators can retain talented teachers.

In addition, he proposed a new student data and teacher accountability system, $60 million for magnet schools, $6.5 million for charter schools, $7.2 million for Open Choice program and $50,00 for Regional Educational Service Center to study ways to regionalize transportation and save money.

Of the $18.2 billion proposed 2012-2013 budget,$2.8 billion, or 15 percent, is allocated to education.

Malloy’s budget address on educational issues also received applause from some Republicans.

Malloy reaches across to shake a hand after he presented his proposed budget at the Capitol on Wednesday

Republican Chairman Chris Healy said he “gives him credit on education.”

But, Healy said, Malloy’s budget doesn’t cut anything.

“The Democrats definition of tax cuts is not spending more than what was spent last year,” Healy said.

And therein lies the crux of the debate on the budget as it moves to the Appropriation Committee next week. The proposed budget includes a “broadbase”  tax increase of $1.5 billion. Budget Chair Benjamin Barnes said in his briefing that 19 percent of new taxes would paid by businesses and 81 percent of it by individuals.

Other highlights of the governor’s proposed budget includes a reduced number of state agencies by 30 percent, or from 82 to 53. Also, the first five companies bring 200 or more jobs to the state would receive a series of tax credits.

Sen. John Fonfara who represents the 1st District of Hartford and Wethersfield, said he is in favor of the proposed budget because it addresses energy reform, pre-school education and job creation. With the proposed budget, if approved “cities like Hartford will get the attention it needs,” said Fonfara (D). “We have some who understands the need of cities.”

But 5th District State Rep. Marie Kirkly-Bey (D) said she was concerned about proposed cuts that would affect the poor. Kirkley-Bey said the only direct mention of something that favors the poor is the Earn Income Tax Credit. Malloy calls for a “robust earned income tax credit of thirty percent.” This would allow an additional $1,7 00 per year for a family of four, he said.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said he welcomes all the help the city and can get from the state and the EITC is a key issue that affects the city.

“I applaud the Governor for supporting a State Earned Income Tax Credit and additional monies for affordable housing and homelessness prevention efforts,” Segarra said in a statement to the press. “I am also pleased by his willingness to provide municipalities with optional local revenue generators; it clearly demonstrates that, as a former Mayor, he understands our present limitations, needs and challenges.”

Union officials also reacted to Malloy’s proposed budget, which calls for cuts in the higher education system, including community colleges.

“The Governor’s proposed budget is just that, a proposal.  As I have noted previously, this is a kind of political and economic theater,” said Steve Cohen, president of the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges in a email to members. “We are only now at the end of Act I, Scene I, so we have a long way to go until the “play” ends.

From Feb. 23 to March 4, the Appropriation Committee will hold public hearings to discuss the many needs and challenges in Hartford and other towns and cities. Residents can voice opinions, recommendations and suggestions to the state’s proposed 20012-13 budget.

Or they can do so at Malloy’s scheduled town hall meetings across the state in the coming months.



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State To Launch CT Black History Interactive Site


HARTFORD — The Associated Press has reported that the state on Thursday will unveil a new website that showcases Connecticut’s black history.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state Sen. Toni Harp and others are scheduled to launch the interactive display at a ceremony at the state Capitol. This site will also supplement the state’s Freedom Trail.

Harp helped pass legislation in 1995 authorizing the Connecticut Freedom Trail. It includes more than 130 historic sites that recount the history, heritage and heroic activities of black people in Connecticut.

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Gov. Dan Malloy Checks On, Umm, Budget


By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Guess which top state official was spotted downtown today?

Connecticut’s own Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was spotted Monday in the State House Square branch of Wachovia Bank checking on his own budget.

Yep. He stood at the teller’s window as he made his deposit and checked his balance.

When asked by a reporter if he was indeed doing his own banking, the governor paused for a photo and responded:

“Well, someone has to do it.”

The governor was not alone, however. Nor did he have an entourage.

There was one private security officer in the background with an eagle eye.

But to the other customers in the bank, the governor was  just, well, a regular joe.

“I guess he’s really trying to get a hold of his own finances,” quipped one bank customer from Windsor.”He has to do that first before he tackles the state’s budget gap.”

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