Governor Dannel Malloy delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, as the Connecticut legislature begins its 2016 session. Malloy will propose more than $550 million in across-the-board spending cuts for the next fiscal year.
In an election year, Hartford Courant Capitol Bureau Chief Chris Keating says Democratic lawmakers may be especially hesitant to approve drastic budget cuts.
“On top of that, they might not want to raise taxes depending on the district they are in,” Keating says. “It’s a delicate balance. I think the average legislator would just wish that the economy would improve and generate enough money to pay for everything, and they don’t have to cut a penny.”
All Connecticut Senate and House members are up for re-election in November. Governor Malloy is not.
Click the audio player above to hear the full interview with Chris Keating of the Hartford Courant.
Correction: A version of this story that first aired February 2, 2016, incorrectly stated that Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was proposing a new two-year budget. He is, in fact, proposing changes for the second year of the budget which began last year.