At this point in an election (six weeks from today), negative ads and polls get all the attention. But when it comes to who is going to run the state for at least the next four years, we can all do well to pay attention to what the candidates are saying about the issues. And the thought is here that Dan Malloy is winning the “issues race” hands down.
To start, Malloy is following through on what just about everyone says is the number one issue for the state—jobs. Malloy’s plan for investing in bioscience “as an economic driver” in an effort to create jobs and grow the economy in the state is impressive.
The plan cites a Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis calculation that shows achievable goals in the program are “5,000 new jobs by 2020, 6,800 new jobs by 2030, and 7,400 new jobs by 2040” almost all of which will be in the private sector.
We can add to that, Malloy’s plan for Bradley Airport which is owned by the state. The plan includes creating an independent board—Bradley Airport Authority—composed of unpaid appointees who will be responsible for improving efficiency in the airport operation, improving transportation infrastructure, and stimulating international trade and travel there. Malloy says if passenger levels of 2006 come back, the number of newly created jobs could reach 15,000.
Malloy will announce yet another piece of his job proposal today in Bridgeport.
In the debate on education, Foley got caught in a “George Bush grocery store scanner” moment when the Greenwich millionaire realized there are children in New Haven who speak primarily Spanish. Other than that, Foley advocates more competition, school choice, teacher pay linked to achievement of the students and other changes. Malloy was unimpressed. “There’s nothing on early childhood education, very little on parental involvement, and not a word about higher education. To put forward an education ‘plan’ and not address the needs of young children, as well as high school graduates and adults seeking access to higher education, demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding that education is a lifelong process. And to not propose creative ways to get parents more involved in their children’s education suggests a lack of understanding that more and better parental involvement produces better results.”
Malloy’s education plan makes sense and is tried and tested in Stamford.