REP WILLIAMS: WE’LL PROPOSE ALTERNATIVES TO MALLOY TAX INCREASES (WATCH ‘THE REAL STORY’ CO-HOSTED BY YOUR FAIRTHFUL SHAD)

State Rep. Sean Williams (R-Watertown), seen as a rising star in state Republican ranks, says his party will propose substantial spending cuts as an alternative to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $1.5 billion in tax increases. Williams was a guest on FOX-CT’s (Channel 61) “The Real Story” which taped last night (your faithful Shad co-hosted the show with Laurie Perez).

Williams said he disagreed with Malloy’s proposed budget, particularly the tax increases. He said the governor pledged to raise taxes only as a last resort but then the very first thing he did was tell us what taxes he would increase. Of course, that’s not true. Malloy announced unprecedented agency consolidations to save money and streamline state government, said there would be no additional spending originally scheduled in the budget (a cut of $1.88 billion) and that he would seek $2 billion in union concessions. Then he unveiled the budget including the tax increases.

Williams said his party would propose substantial spending cuts to replace the tax increases and that the Republicans would not be the “party of ‘no.’” I pressed him as to where the cuts would come. Education funding? Aid to cities and towns? The safety net for the most vulnerable? He wasn’t specific but pointed out Republicans have always proposed budget alternatives in the past which is true.

Williams is sharp, personable and a very good interview. He’ll go far in the party and Republican leadership would be smart to showcase him in the media as much as possible. He should get top committee assignments and if he doesn’t seek higher office (which he should), he is leadership bound.

Also, on this week’s “The Real Story” we explore the death penalty in Connecticut. The show airs at 6:30 am Sunday morning and then again on CT-N Sunday night.