HARTFORD, Conn. –No matter who the voters elect or re-elect to the governor’s office in November, they will inherit what’s projected to be a two-year, $2.8 billion budget deficit, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.
That’s still a smaller number than the one-year, $3.67 billion deficit inherited in 2011 by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but Republican gubernatorial candidates say it shows how little progress the state has made getting its fiscal house in order.
“I’m willing to concede that Malloy inherited a $3.6 billion deficit, if he’s willing to concede to a $2.8 billion deficit over the biennium,” Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney said Thursday.
McKinney, one of three candidates vying for the Republican nomination for governor, said that if the Malloy administration wants to talk about the problems it inherited, then it’s going to have to talk about the ones it’s leaving.
Comparing apples to apples, the one-year deficit projection following the end of former Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s term was $3.67 billion. The one-year deficit projection following the end of Malloy’s first term is $1.278 billion, which is about a third of the deficit the state faced in 2011.
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