Gov. Malloy: Romney Budget Would ‘Decimate’ CT Housing Market

Patch sits down with Gov. Dannel Malloy before his Wednesday speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Governor, we had a big night of speeches last night, and you’ll be speaking later today. What are you planning to talk about?

Well, we’re going to continue the process—all the speakers—of making crystal clear the differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. We’re for building the middle class, not taking it apart; we’re for building programs that support the building class and allow people who aspire to be in the middle class to move forward. That’s the story that we have to tell and it started to come out pretty brilliantly last night.

Obama is seeing a decline in fundraising dollars everywhere, including Connecticut, where there are some deep blue pockets. Why do you think that is?

I don’t think the President was working as hard at fundraising. Remember he didn’t go through a primary stage, and if he had, I think he would have raised more money. Just recently the President raised about $1.8 million up in Connecticut, so I think he’ll catch up.

What does Obama need to do to excite Connecticut voters?

I think Connecticut voters are pretty excited. Connecticut votes very well in presidential elections, so there’s no apathy about Connecticut. We have a senate rate that’s going to be very close and down to the wire; but the Democrats are going to win that seat as well.


Click here to hear Gov. Malloy’s take on how a Romney-Ryan budget would ‘decimate’ Connecticut's housing market.


State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola recently went on the record to say that Connecticut Republicans can be competitive in this year's presidential race. Can they?

No, they can’t. Mitt Romney is not going to win Connecticut, because people understand that he’s about outsourcing. They understand that he has a program that would decimate the middle class of the country. Effectively to pay for his plan, he’d have to raise taxes on the middle class by $2K per family to pay for a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans averaging $256 thousand dollars. And let me tell you this about Connecticut [residents], they understand the value of Obamacare. People have talked about this in the past in negative plans. Well all of a sudden people realize that if they have a son or daughter who is between the ages of 21 and 26, they’re now covered pretty inexpensively on a health care plan, as part of what the President did. Many other things have come about as a result, including (plans) for senior citizens. About 49K of them are no longer losing benefits, because they were considered in the “donut hole.” There are a lot of reasons that ensure we’ll get this job done.

What can a president do for towns and cities in Connecticut, in terms of supporting their infrastructure projects, and why do you think Obama would be the better choice?

Well, here’s a commitment the Obama administration has made to train service. We are seeing hundreds of millions of dollars coming to Connecticut to restore train service, where it once existed on the commuter line, and to modernize Metro North, which is largest train system in the country. He’s also committed to a modern highway system. Just this past week, a couple of our smaller airports got grants under a transportation program this President has championed and Mitt Romney has said it needs to be cut out of the budget.

You spend a lot of time meeting with voters across the state. What's the biggest misunderstanding among Connecticut voters about the nominees?

Republicans are spending a lot of time and energy trying to convince people that America is not in a better place today than it was four years ago, but this president has overseen the creation of over 4.5 million jobs, Osama Bin Laden is dead, the Iraq war has ended, and the Afghan war is being drawn down. Manufacturing jobs have grown for two years in a row, the first time since the early ‘90s that that happened in the United States. This president has a great record to run on, but he’s running against people who spent three days in Florida not talking about their platform or budget and trying to pretend that they are somehow Republicans. That wasn’t a Republican convention; that was a Tea Party convention where they invited a couple of Republicans. We’ve got to correct the information that’s been put out by Republicans.

What have you enjoyed most this week, and what have been some highlights?

Well, I like to work, and I like to work hard. I’ve been asked to represent the President at a number of forums. I just completed one with the North Carolina delegation. I certainly enjoy any time I can spend time hearing from people around the country about some of the best ideas. I’ve had some great conversations with my fellow Democratic governors about how they’re moving their states forward and how they’re working with our President to do that. It’s a great boost. By the way, I think that Michelle Obama’s speech last night will go down as one of the great addresses, not just by a First Lady, by any person who is speaking of the President of the United States.

BCT September 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Because Obama's new 3.8% Medicare/Obamacare tax on home sellers (coming next year) does not hit this area particularly hard?!! Is it partisanship or just ignorance?
Alex Tytler September 05, 2012 at 10:00 PM
CT housing is already decimated by the likes of your lousy policies. People are leaving, IE, more homes for sale and less demand. You own what is happening here.
Angie S. September 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
He's disingenuous alright.
Watts September 05, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The struggle for Republicans in a state like CT, comes from the fact that CT is disproportionately well educated, especially when compared to the GOP base of red states. Nobody is seriously looking at Republicans since they started signing contracts with unassociated individuals like Norquist, where his personal agenda supersedes the job that these politicians were voted in to represent the needs of all their constituants. Can you imagine having a produce company and hiring a head buyer and then after you hired him, some guy came out of nowhere and convinced him to sign a contract stating that he would only buy organic produce. What would you think as the person who hired this person, that they were signing contracts with third parties that directly affected the decision making that you hired him to do. As a business owner, you may even like the idea of organic produce, but you understand the realities that your business is not going to sustain itself by exclusively buying organic produce. So of course, you would fire this person. So why would anybody vote fore (hire or re-up a contract) with anybody who you now is beholden to an agenda that can be in direct conflict with the success of your business (our nation)?
Veritas vos liberabit September 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I think you'll feel more at home down in Hank Jr land..... http://www.mediaite.com/online/hank-williams-jr-bashes-obama-as-a-muslim-who-hates-cowboys-alec-baldwin-calls-him-a-racist-coot/
sebastian dangerfield September 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
the fact that CT is disproportionately well educated, especially when compared to the GOP base of red states. Watts gives us an example of how well educated the Democrats of Ct are : (not including the banal lettuce example). Thanks Watts. " So why would anybody vote fore (hire or re-up a contract) with anybody who you now is beholden to an agenda that can be in direct conflict with the success of your business (our nation)?"
Alsono S. September 06, 2012 at 12:26 AM
" So why would anybody vote fore (hire or re-up a contract) with anybody who you now is beholden to an agenda that can be in direct conflict with the success of your business (our nation)?" Ask the loonies who re-elected George-the Disaster-Bush (like yourself).
sebastian dangerfield September 06, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Whatever man. I can ask the same question , I have asked 10 times before, without a real answer. We listen to the Democratic leadership say over and over (and over) again "the policies that got us into the mess." And---People need to pay their "fair share". So , alsono --what are the bush policies that got us into this mess ( remember war is economy positive, and we had booms after ww1, ww2, vietnam ---or obama has remained in afghanistan and employed our miliary in libya--so dont use that 'policy") With respect to 'fair share' please someone tell me what a 32 year old doctor, with 200k in loans , and just starting out , after learning medicine , making 275k. How much more than 35% federal + 6% state+ 7k social securty /medicaid+ property tax, registration fees etc. How much more does that guy owe, to become fair, (and i assume you will fall lock step with democratic leadership to say that fair IS paying zero, if you live in zuccotti park and protest. So, Ill wait for all those answers. I hear it pretty much 15 times a day "policies that got us here' and pay their fair share...so im sure at least 5 of you, instead of calling republicans bigots can employ the 'education' "compared to the GOP base---to provide an answer.
sebastian dangerfield September 06, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Ill give you a hint-- the policies that really may have contributed to 'this mess' would be repealing glass /steagell and the community reinvestment act. Both passed under clinton. And fair share? I would think that is about 5,000 a person or 20k a family. ...that would be fair for everyone to pay to our government for receiving the same services--the same protection by the military. And if everyone paid the same---then maybe a lot of people would get really angry at all the spending...and wasting. But since 50% pay no income tax , then its pretty easy for them to say that they are :for obamacare!!! for social spending!!!! dont come down on obama for raising the miltary budget byt 20% in 3 years. Thats fair.....but we hear now how 3 mio (not 5k--3 mio) is unfair by romney. Because 0% is fair if you are a sponge.... and 13% if yu donate money, and invest in tax free bonds, and follow the law on carried interest---then you are a villian. I know you all have drank the Kool-Aid--but fair is not 0. But since obama hasnt told you that isnt fair--then you probably dont know it.
Watts September 06, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Luca, you are probably one of the most pathetically misinformed person to have ever posted anything to the internet. I could spend a month parsing each and every sentence that you have posted on here, refuting it with actual facts, but I figure that most people have done exactly what I am going to concede to now and give you the big eye roll.
Angie S. September 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Watts, that's a cop-out if I ever did see one. If you can refute statements with actual facts, then please do so. Alluding to some virtual/fictional facts is not a sufficient counterargument. That's more of the same old, same old hand waving. Just saying.
Angie S. September 06, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I have yet to hear an adequate response to one of the points Luca made from liberal Democrats --- about the young doctor with 200k debt, after far more years of schooling and training than most people in other professions, and finally earning a salary > 250K. This is a point I have made when questioning Democrats' arithmetic. No one has yet to have a real response. To date, all the responses I got from liberal friends were changes of subject...LOL.
Angie S. September 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Luca, I'm as sick of hearing the words "fair share" abused by the Dems. They are so arrogant as to presume they know how to determine what everyone's "fair share" should be. I always thought they had a bit of a God complex.
Angie S. September 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
BTW, "well educated" is not necessarily the same as "well informed". More education can sometimes simply mean "subjected to more liberal brainwashing" --- as I have noticed most of our institutions of higher education are overwhelmingly liberal and susceptible to the pitfalls of groupthink (see Jonathan Haidt's talk about stepping outside the moral matrix --- or rather the inability to step outside the moral matrix, as the case may be).
Angie S. September 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Just as hypnosis is effective for some and not for others, some people are less likely to think what everyone else thinks based on popularity --- and more prone to ask questions --- than others.
sebastian dangerfield September 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Watts I am not phased by the insult. I asked for information--- I asked for you to tell me what policies you believe are THE POLICIES that got into this mess--and your response is "I am pathetically misinformed." Hmmm.....Is that really an intelligent answer to a question. "Hey-can you explain your position" Answer: You are an idiot if you dont know. Really? Not sure that most people are giving me the 'eye roll (fredrick klein) --when the easy response is to say " Legislation pushed by Bush that resulted in housing bubble was XYZ " And then--I'll know. But the reality is the Ireland, Iceland, Greece, to name a few all experienced similar economic malaise.....so I think its absurd to blame the global slowdown/housing bubble/ deleveraging on one President or one set of policies. Sure --republicans had their hand in it. But so have Democrats, who conveniently blame Congress for getting in the way of progress (as thought Congress is relevant) and then blaming Bush singularly (as though Congress is irrelevant). It is obviously convenient and makes sense if you want to blame--but in terms of being the correct version of the truth---not so sure.
Watts September 07, 2012 at 12:50 AM
It isn't a cop out, just a fact that I have a real life to lead and just don't have the time to school every ignoramus who posts on the internet. Go to fact checking sites like Politifact or just do your own research. The truth is out there for anybody who is motivated enough to do more research than to just passively listen to talk rado, Fauxnews or sources like that, only to regurgitate it back in forums like this.
Help Me, Please September 07, 2012 at 12:54 AM
is that an intellectual elitist living amongst us? I beg all the readers of Darien Patch to please explain Watts 2nd paragraph!! There is not an enough Advil to understand what he"s rambling about except to say he likes organic food. Cows pooping on grass is technically organic. Go figure
Angie S. September 07, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Watts, you presume too much. As though you're the only one who seeks out more data from multiple sources. I'm quite sure plenty of people like Luca have done their own research and fact checking --- and come to different conclusions than yours. Hmm...I wonder how many of your sources of data were outside your own political/ideological spectrum. And, directing verbal insults at Luca without being able to cite a single specific "fact" that would prove incorrect any one of Luca's statements that you're so quick to denigrate is just lame. If you really lack the time, then why are you wasting time throwing insults at strangers in the comments on Patch? So pissed off and angry that you need to vent digitally or something?
Myth Romney September 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
thank you Mrs Luca Cruz.................
sebastian dangerfield September 07, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Myth, You need a capital T at the beginning of your sentence.
Chris B. September 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
We will know the economy is getting better when all these people have jobs and are too busy to post comments!
sebastian dangerfield September 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
watts Ignoramus? Fauxnews? Isnt that the point? You further a theory that you cant even begin to support. The truth is this: the policies that 'led to this mess- are mostly begun in the Clinton era. The Clinton era saw passage of the Defense of Marraige Act --designed to deny Gay marriage. Clinton signed it--yet now liberals make Clinton and other politicians as these progressive , tolerant people. This isnt stuff from 50 years ago--it was 2 Presidents ago. And a guy who is lauded, despite lying under oath, as an icon (while at the same time, the same people are appalled at lying). Glass Steagall , the Community Reinvestment Act _strengthened under Clinton---. The biggest receipients of Fannie Mae were Obama, Dodd, and Frank---disgusting that these are the b.s. artists that talk about reform on Wall Street--when they were huge proponents of the bad behavior. I am not as blind as to say that Democrats acted alone-- this 'mess' though, is hardly the result of Bush policies. That is the truth- but we have 'watts' who blindly follows his party platform, while ironically criticzing people who follow fox news? Not smart. Obama says " the republican cure for everything is a tax break.' True. The Democrat plan for everything is a spending bill. True. I guess the main difference is, I trust the people more than the politicians in how they spend the money. So, im more for tax breaks, for stimulating economy than govt spending.


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