FORMER GOV. ROWLAND: TAXES WILL GO UP BY $2.5 BILLION BEFORE THE BUDGET PROCESS IS SAID AND DONE

Former governor turned radio talk show host John Rowland claims that despite Gov. Malloy’s proposal to raise taxes by $1.5 billion, the actual tax increase will end up being more like $2.5 billion before the budget process is done. He added that Malloy will end up cutting aid to cities and towns.

Rowland, who along with Pastor Will Marotti make up the “Doom and Gloom Duo” on WTIC-AM in the afternoons, has been predicting that there’s no way Malloy gets the $2 billion in concessions from state employee unions he’s counting on. He also says that there will be a major confrontation over the budget between the Democrat-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor in July. Talk about a buzz kill.

For good measure, Rowland took a shot at state Speaker of the House Chris Donovan. The former governor said Donovan “can’t control his caucus.”

While Marotti keeps insisting huge layoffs of state workers are necessary (he seems to almost revel in the thought of these folks losing their jobs), Rowland took it a step further Thursday saying, “Three groups run everything [in the legislature]—the unions, the environmental groups and the gay groups. Anything that steps on the toes of any of these groups is not gonna happen.” Huh? Rowland walked it back a bit by saying, “There are some little things they don’t control. Obviously I am exaggerating to make a point.” Well, he made the point loud and clear. Yikes.