Malloy Asks Rell To Lead In the Budget Standoff

In a concise Op-Ed Piece appearing in Today’s New London DAY, exploring democratic candidate Dan Malloy chastizes Governor Rell for failing to take charge in the current budget stand off.

That it’s come to this is largely due to a failure of leadership on the part of Gov. M. Jodi Rell. As our state’s chief executive, it’s her job to be a leader and a facilitator. Unfortunately, while the Republican governor’s rhetoric around the budget in February was encouraging, it was ultimately empty. Instead of leading the charge, the governor presented a budget that fell more than $2 billion short, put the legislature on the defensive and then waited for months to begin correcting it (to date, we’ve still not seen a balanced budget).

That’s not facilitating – it’s using a political tactic that is unfortunately all too familiar in Connecticut: one side tries to rig the game by setting the other up to fail before a dialog has even begun.

Meanwhile, my fellow Democrats, who have majority control in the legislature, say they plan to put their version of a balanced budget up for a vote. The governor provided a distant response through a spokesman that amounted to “I dare you.” That’s not leadership; that’s gamesmanship.

Put a budget on the table

Malloy then calls on his experiences in setting the budget in Stamford.

Through all those balanced-budget cycles I learned that if you are not willing to step up and provide workable solutions as an honest starting point, the process simply doesn’t work. The legislature has to do its job, but it can’t do its job and the governor’s job at once.

Rather than spending the coming days planning for what happens without approval of a budget, for what happens if another deadline passes and more fingers get pointed, the governor and legislature must decide together that failure is not an option. It is time to change the game by ending the games.

Although not as hard on his Democratic Legislative brethern as he might be, Mayor Malloy certainly on the right track. There are seven days left to craft and pass a budget for all.

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7 responses to “Malloy Asks Rell To Lead In the Budget Standoff

  1. Hard to believe he’d be doing this. Let’s see he’s running for governor and is chastizing the incumbent? Hmm…why would he do this?

  2. If Rell were a Democrat governor, it would be her duty to “facilitate” the budget offered by Democrats. But she isn’t, and she didn’t. Instead, she opposed it. How would Malloy “facilitate” the 30% increase in corporation taxes proposed by Democrats? Maybe someone should ask him.

  3. I think the above 2 comments wonderfully simulate the precise issues surrounding this budget – its become all about politically attacking each other individually than doing SOMETHING to give us a state budget. When are we as citizens going to stop letting this happen, and even worse participating at our own demise? Mr. Malloy should equally blame his party’s leadership at the state in this piece, and I think there’s no ambiguity about his intentions here. However, at least it’s putting pressure in the press (the only thing Gov. Rell seems to care about) for something to get done. Hats off to that, when not much else has been said by the press elsewhere. We’ve all sat and taken a spectator seat to this fiasco, when this will very much affect all of us residents in very serious ways.

  4. Malloy should tell his Democrats to live up to THEIR constitutional requirements and pass a budget instead of blaming someone else. Good or bad, honest or dishonest, the Governor already presented hers. Where’s the Democrat controlled general assemblies?

    Let’s face it, if Malloy were Governor he would now be blaming Cafero and McKinney.

  5. Mr. Reality

    Sorry to get off the topic here but this guy Perez Hilton…he looks just like Tom Swan!!! It’s uncanny!!

  6. Governor Rell has offered the legislature TWO budgets and neither were brought up for a vote. The Republicans then offered the Democrat’s the chance to vote for their own budget that they approved through the Fin and Apps committees in the Senate and that failed 0-36. The D’s have put nothing on the table and it still remains to be seen if the Senate D’s and the House D’s can agree on a budget amongst themseleves. This op-ed piece by Malloy was just his way of inserting himself into the mess that exists in Hartford. If he wants to throw stones then throw them at Williams and Donovan as well for they have shown zero leadership to date.

  7. For June 23, 2009, a good response to Governors Moody and Rell has nothing to do with a budget, the super bowl of political football games, hype, smoke and mirrors.

    Moody and Rell took an impressive step in vetoing the landfill in Franklin, Connecticut today. The dynamic duo earns their popularity rating and maintains political advantage with the stated rationale that using a legislative fiat instead of the prescribed statutory process to despoil 150 acres of farmland and open space for trash is bad public policy. The office of Rell and Moody wrote:

    “Let me be clear: My veto should in no way be interpreted as support for building an ash landfill in Franklin. I remain resolutely unconvinced that such a landfill is needed at all, particularly with an already operational landfill just a few miles away. The Franklin site is irreplaceable farmland/open space and I would urge the CRRA to explore other options. Nor should my veto be interpreted as support for or opposition to the Waterbury project.”

    But, Gov.s Moody and Rell are one step away from the real public policy prize: source reduction of energy consumption. Instead, the terrible twosome tiptoe around the fact that Putnam landfill will hit capacity in 10-15 years, while they simultaneously float the proposed burgers-to-btu incinerator for their Brass City buddy Rowland.

    This possible food-waste to energy project wears John Rowland’s fingerprints – he has trash connections (CRRA meet Enron?) and he is the city’s economic development czar. Luring a Boston firm would be his job, I think.

    Moody/Rell should use the veto to set public policy goals to reduce the production of trash and pollution, thereby reducing our reliance on landfills. The Franklin landfill she vetoed would have accepted ash from the CRRA trash to energy plant in Hartford. The ash from the burned trash currently goes to the landfill in Putnam, because we can build Hartford’s Mount Trashmore no higher. We must make the nine years of usable space in Putnam last 50 or 60 years.

    Therefore, any opposition response to Rell/Moody and this veto should implore them and the legislature to implement strict energy conservation goals to reduce power production (thus reducing ash production). They should use the executive branch to set timelines for statewide public and private recycling goals for paper, plastic, glass, wood, oils and metal.

    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom just unveiled the most pragmatic and ambitious municipal recycling program in the country. San Francisco has far more people than Connecticut. It could be done here quite easily. Models exist for this to proceed.

    Finally, a good reaction to the Rell/Moody landfill veto would end on a high note – a clarion call to action, to reduce our energy usage so much that we can close the coal fired power plant in Bridgeport! This concrete step towards ending mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia would show leadership on the global warming condundrum.

    Malloy looked good on national television once, but I don’t think the budget is the issue that will get him there again and burst the Rell/Moody electoral bubble.

    Peace,
    Ken Krayeske

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