I have a slight acquaintance with Dan Malloy – we both toiled in the trenches of the local courts back in the 80’s – and I always found him to be a likable, competent guy. And, from this side of the border, I watched and respected his service as Mayor of Stamford because he seems to have done an excellent job keeping that city in order – no easy task. He’s now running for Governor, and since he’s a Democrat in a Democratic state, I was thinking of voting for him as the best man who has a chance of winning.
But I was hugely disappointed to go onto his campaign website today and discover that he’s just a hollow, tax the rich, Demmerkrat populist like the rest of his crowd. We’re really doomed here, because, if I’m right, Malloy is the best of this sordid lot destined to rule our state, and he’s just another redistributionist, determined to drive successful people from our state. Here’s his policy on taxation, for instance: boil off the lard, and he’s promising to raise taxes on Greenwich and the richer of his own Stamford residents. There’s no mention of the state’s having doubled its payroll in twenty years, no suggestion that we cut spending. Malloy is playing to his base, and will tax non-state employees to the hilt and make them squeal, damn it! Time to move, but until I do, I think I’ve just found a new project: defeat this man!
As Governor, I will initiate long overdue comprehensive tax reform for our State. Establishing comprehensive tax reform will be a multi-year endeavor that I will begin pursuing immediately upon taking office. Reform will be guided by 5 key goals. Real tax reform must:
Be sustainable, comprehensive and address the balance of state and local taxation
Provide for a fairer and more progressive sharing of taxation
Ensure a greater and more equitable state share of local funding for schools
Strategically generate job growth and encourage business development
Relieve the local property tax burden on low and middle income seniors, veterans, and individuals who are disabled