Gov. Dannel Malloy, in Washington, DC to see President Obama’s state of the union address (SOTU), may have thought what he was hearing was very familiar. In fact, it was. Just hours after tipping his hand just a bit on how he was going to handle the state’s $4 billion-plus budget deficit, he was in the House chamber in Washington listening to the president talk about very similar challenges.
“It was a tough speech, a great speech and it made just about everyone in the chamber uncomfortable at some point. But what I took away from it was that he’s not in retreat,” Malloy told The Shad by telephone from the nation’s capitol just minutes after the SOTU. “Just this afternoon, I talked about the need to return in fiscal responsibility in Connecticut and that’s just what the president talked about,”
Malloy also saw a parallel about repairing infrastructure. “At this week’s State Bond Commission meeting I’m proposing investing in repairing the state’s bridges and roads which all part of luring jobs to the state and keeping the ones we have,” he said.
Malloy was also impressed with Pres. Obama’s challenge to double the nation’s exports by 2014. “That’s good news for companies such as Sikorsky, Pratt and Whitney, UTC and others,” he said.
Malloy was the guest of US Rep. John Larson for the SOTU.