UPDATE 6:38: Here’s video from NBC:
Watching Sen. Martin Looney respond, apparently outside somewhere. Huh? Sen. Looney is saying “there are core services” that we must preserve. We have to maintain funding for health care, education, social services, more pressure to fund in difficult times. Ah, the federal stimulus program.
Sen. Williams on WFSB… there’s the federal stimulus package. Williams says that the governor’s own expert says there’s “no way” there isn’t a tax increase. He is “keeping an open mind.”
Williams is leaning against running for governor. Interesting.
6:06 – And there you go, short and sweet. She has defined anyone against the cuts as being “special interests” who don’t understand the need to not raise taxes. Thoughts?
6:06 – It’s time to come together. We can’t control what happens on Wall St. and in Washington. We will endure.
6:05 – “they will protest” and complain. She is drawing the battle lines. Did the feed just give out?
6:04 – “Special interests” will be calling for new, higher taxes.
6:04 – “Need to have” vs. “Nice to have.” There’s the rub.
6:03 – People don’t have the money to spend. Deficit for this year nearly $1 billion. For the next two years, $8 billion. Spending comes down under her budget, cuts will be painful.
6:03 – “Smaller government” is what she’s proposing. She stumbled over the word. Her budget does not raise taxes. Good luck with that.
6:02 – “We’re all in this together,” she’s proud to be our governor. Uh, oh.
6:01 – “The people of Connecticut are strong,” and “we will prevail this time as well.”
6:01 – “Most of us have never witnessed the turmoil our nation is now facing.”
6:01 – The governor is on.
6:00 – The governor isn’t speaking yet–but is expected “within moments.” The speech tonight won’t focus on specifics.
The governor will speak at 6pm.