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Malloy reminds labor to vote for him in November

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Lori Pelletier (Christine Stuart photo)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Lori Pelletier (Christine Stuart photo)
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – On the eve of the Labor Day weekend, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reminded labor leaders from across the state why they should support him in November.

At a union hall in East Hartford on Friday, Malloy acknowledged that it wasn’t easy to ask state employees for concessions back in 2011, but the state was “in a pickle.”

The Malloy administration faced a $3.67 billion budget deficit. In order to close the gap, he asked the state employee unions, who had worked hard to get him elected, for $1.6 billion in concessions. That year, Malloy also increased taxes $1.5 billion to help close the budget hole.

The state “had been driven into a ditch,” Malloy said Friday as he rolled up his sleeves to address the labor leaders. “Its obligations had been underfunded. State workers and all organized labor was under assault. Something had to be done.”

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2 responses to “Malloy reminds labor to vote for him in November”

  1. anon

    That Malloy is beholden to labor is not news.

  2. John Hamlin

    The fact that Malloy has catered to the public employee unions is a good reason why the state is in such disastrous economic shape and, for many, a main reason not to vote for him in November — the public employee unions and their corrupt bargain with state politicians are a primary reason why the state is in such an economic crisis. However, Malloy’s opponent, Tom Foley, has indicated he won’t take on the public employee unions, so there’s really no choice on this issue in November. If it’s a choice between one public employee candidate or another, then the state’s fiscal issues won’t really be addressed regardless of which candidate is elected.

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