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Mayor Malloy,Each of the declared candidates for governor brought innate gifts (that had nothing to do with policy) to the table when they began their campaigns for governor. Susan brought the gift of statewide name recognition (even without statewide understanding of what she does), DeStefano brought the gift of voter geography (New Haven is situated on 95 & 91 where a high percentage of Democratic voters live) and you brought your gift of monetary geography.Despite this, even before you had to take a break from fundraising, you jumping out ahead of the others in fundraising. Then there was the unwarranted and unfortunate investigation that put your fundraising on hold.You are also in a corner of the state that does not give you an opportunity to get much “free press” for your accomplishments. In short, of the three declared candidates for governor, you are the most in need of a wildly successful fundraising quarter.I know you probably don’t have solid numbers yet; but I can’t imagine that you have more than a $20,000 swing between what you are aware of and what you actually have.So how did you do?
I'm sorry, paragraph 2 should have said, "you DIDN'T jump out ahead" sorry!
indian2nighthawk:First of all, let me point out to you that in a primary more people will vote in Fairfield County than any other county in the state. Secondly, let me state that when it comes to name recognition al the candidates are closely ranked. And thirdly, let me say that picking a candidate based on geography would be silly.Let me thank you for acknowledging that inquiry was unfair and unfounded, but in response to it I did in fact stop raising money for a period of time out of respect for the process. When we file our report on July 7th, keep in mind that it will reflect one month’s fundraising effort – rather than 3 -- and that unlike other candidates I have yet to hire a professional fundraising staff. Stay tuned…
Thanks for not answering the question at all.
What about Blumenthal?
I will be asking questions for those who can't make it right now:Ebpie wants to know:"If he is elected, does he intend to adhere to the state's constitution or merely view the cap as a "suggesstion" as many Democrats do?"
Anonymous:I’ve spoken to Dick extensively and I personally don’t believe he intends to be a candidate for governor. However, at this point any newcomers to the field need to know that I am committed to running for governor of the state of CT no matter who the other candidates might be.I believe Dick loves being attorney general, and I look forward to supporting him in his reelection.
MikeCT asked..."What specific initiatives does he propose to ensure that all Connecticut residents have access to health insurance? How will he enhance the HUSKY program?What will he propose to fix the flaws in the CT spending cap? (eg, its incentives to continue cutting spending even when the economy recovers)?"
Edpie: The spending cap was part of the tradeoff when Connecticut’s voters decided to adopt an income tax – and remember, that wasn’t all that long ago. We have to respect the motive there: people want some guarantee that their government will be responsible, will use resources wisely, and won’t abuse the taxing power. All that said, there are some real problems with CT’s spending cap. First of all, for years now it’s been honored in the breach. Since the Governor has the power to exceed the cap by declaring an emergency, the Governor essentially can decide which issues he or she will prioritize. So rather than limiting spending, it Gives the executive branch substantial leverage in legislative appropriations process. Secondly, it has a major loophole: it exempts interest payments on Government debt – which creates an incentive to finance projects through debt. We’re among the most debt-burdened states in the nation. Third, the spending cap has an absurd provision including federal funds under the spending cap – so Connecticut has a perverse incentive not to maximize the money it gets from the federal government. That’s nonsensical. Finally, as important as the cap is, we have to recognize that there are also some real problems in Connecticut that may not get solved without real investment – transportation and education in particular. It might be time to start making the case to the voters that it’s to everyone’s economic advantage to keep Connecticut competitive and strong, and that we might need to reconsider the level at which the cap is set. Ultimately, that’s a decision the people of Connecticut have to make.
Mayor Malloy,You and DeStefano have engaged each other multiple times on the campaign trail. Susan has sat out all of them as far as I am aware, despite her saying she would attend. Why do you think she is sitting them out, and how do plan to engage an opponent who intereacts with the REAL public as much as George W. Bush does?
An emailer who wishes to remain anonymous has asked:"What do you think of the eminent domain decision about New London? Do you think it should be legal for the government to take peoples homes for private deveopment?"
MikeCT:We need to think about our uninsured poor differently. The uninsured represent a major drag on CT’s economy. The inability to get timely treatment leads to less effective treatment and ultimately more expensive treatment which is being underwritten in many cases by a hospital and nursing home industry which is dangerously close to bankruptcy. Additionally, the numbers of uninsured individuals in CT represent a major drag on this states productivity. Recently, I completed work on a state-wide commission on racial disparities in the provision of healthcare. Much of this can be tied to the lack of insurance, but also to a lack of adequate training for healthcare professionals. We need to look at our healthcare system from top to bottom, differently. And we need to make healthcare, including dental, a priority for all of our citizens.One program which my administration started in Stamford is “Every Child Matters”. In this program, we have assigned staff members to work within our school system to make sure every child eligible and requiring HUSKY gets the support they need in filling out the paperwork, and supplying the appropriate documentation necessary to sign up. We have multilingual outreach; we also assist in acquiring documents necessary. In the few short years since we’ve had this program, we’ve signed up thousands of kids, I hope that every city in the nation duplicates this program.
indian2nighthawk:I have enjoyed discussing issues with John. It’s clear that Susan has chosen to avoid these public debates. I believe she is making a mistake. Ultimately, the primary voters are going to require any candidate to take public positions and to engage in the debate.
Regarding the Kelo decision, I think it’s important to keep things in perspective, and to remember that the Supreme Court was not making a new law here. Rather, it approved the law that Connecticut already had in place – the law that’s governed in this area for decades. So while I think it’s important that Government never abuse its power to condemn – and, to be honest, in all cases I know of in which the power of eminent domain has been exercised, the compensation is generally above the reasonable market rate – it’s also important to recognize that, in general, Connecticut’s cities have not abused this power. Ultimately, Government is accountable to the people, and as the controversy surrounding this decision shows, the abuse of such power is probably not in the best interests of any politician who hopes to get reelected. So to some extent, the system – and our strong, proud, cultural commitment to property rights – serve as checks against abuse. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh will disagree.
Who would you like to have run with as a Lt Governor?
indian2nighthawk:Talk about the cart before the horse!
i only ask because it would indicate what you think your greatest strengths are and what you percieve to be your weaknesses. A running mate would compliment or compensate. It's an insite into your view of you that i'm really looking for
Is crime going to be an issue in this race?
Conn-Tiki asks..."Please ask Mr. Malloy what he plans to do about economic development, intra-state tax allocation, as well as education-dollar-sharing between wealthy and less affluent communities."Some of this you've answered already, of course.
ctjedi:I spent four years as a prosecutor in New York City, and in fact tried 23 felony cases. During that time, I became convinced that we would have to change the way America does policing. That’s why when I became mayor of Stamford I made it my top priority to lower crime in this CT city. Since then, crime has dropped 61% and we are routinely ranked in the top ten safest cities in America. We are in fact the safest large city in the state, and through today’s date have experienced no homicides.As governor, I would work with all our municipalities to ensure they have sufficient resources available to them to make their citizens safer, and to deploy strategies most likely to produce results in their community.
DeanFan84 would like to know about your affiliation with the DLC, a group he blames for the downfall of Howard Dean. He said:"Please ask him why he is still a member of that corporatist, Republican-Lite, DINOsaur organization called the DLC."
Anonymous--What did I say about the snark? Let's try to be civil.
Conn-Tiki:CT needs property tax reform. We are the most dependent of all 50 states on local property taxes for the payment of local education costs and these costs are growing faster than almost all other local government expenses. The rise in property taxes over the last 20 years are forcing our elderly to move from the state, preventing our young people from returning after college, and is in fact playing a role in our stagnant jobs economy.I have called for a systemic rethinking of property taxes in CT. Specifically, I called for a sharing of revenue sources currently held exclusively by state government in CT – income, sales, utility, cable, etc. In most other states, a portion of the revenues available from other forms of taxation support local government. Yet, in CT there is no direct sharing. In the future, as these revenues increase, a portion should be shared with local government.Secondly, the largest sums of state money going to local government flow through a currently broken education cost sharing formula, and the state has failed to fund the ECS formula in its entirety, thus breaking their promise to the citizens of this state. I call for state government to play its lawful role in guaranteeing the equal education of all of our children.
DeanFan84:The idea that the DLC doesn’t represent Democratic values is just plain wrong. You may not agree with everything the DLC leadership stands for – but the DLC itself is a broad coalition. Almost every year the speakers at the DLC conferences include the likes of Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Evan Bayh – and I challenge anyone to question their Democratic credentials. Bill Clinton was a founding member of the DLC. So I reject the idea that the DLC is something to be ashamed of. From the beginning the DLC was instrumental in promoting ideas slike AmeriCorps, the Empowerment Zones, community policing and early-childhood education – ideas which have made a huge difference in Stamford. I would also point out that a number of unions participate in DLC events and the National Fire Union is a supporter of the DLC. The last thing we should be afraid of in this party is ideas.
All right, we are just about out of time. Thanks very much to Mayor Dan Malloy of Stamford, we all appreciate your willingness to talk to us today.
Thank you Ghengis, it was an honor and a pleasure. I look forward to more discussion.Have a great 4th!
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