A Core Guiding Principle’
There were two main themes from the state-of-the-state address Governor Dannel Malloy delivered today before a joint session of the General Assembly.
The first was unity. On a day when emotions from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy hung heavy, the governor needed an early moment to compose himself.
“I’ve learned there is no challenge we will face that can’t be overcome with the power of our community,” he said.
“As we begin this legislative session, let us be guided by devotion to the common good, by faith in one another, and by a determination to work together to make our community as strong as it can be in every way.”
“More work to do”
The second theme was jobs.
“I believe that each one of us in this chamber must approach this session with a core guiding principle,” the governor said. “Until every person in our state who wants a job can find one, we have more work to do.
“We can’t stick our heads in the sand or simply hope for the best. Not when other states are actively recruiting jobs from every corner of the globe – jobs that can and should come to Connecticut.”
The governor’s words struck a chord with CBIA president and CEO John Rathgeber, who said the business community welcomed his call for lawmakers to work together and focus on job growth and economic development.
“We support the Governor’s statement that this legislative session must be guided by the core principle of getting people back to work,” Rathgeber said.
“Governor Malloy noted that a lot of tough decisions must be made in the coming months, and he’s absolutely right — we cannot put off making difficult decisions.”
Rathgeber said the Governor acknowledged several key areas that needed to be addressed, including solving the state’s fiscal problems, implementing last year’s education reforms, and enacting a comprehensive energy strategy.
“The Governor’s asking lawmakers to work together in a bipartisan way,” he said. “And that’s critical if we’re going to successfully address the state’s fiscal and economic challenges.”
[Photo: Hugh McQuaid, CT News Junkie]
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