CT GOP Chair LABRIOLA RESPONDS TO MALLOY STATEMENT
Statement by State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. on Gov. Malloy’s remark to Connecticut reporters that opponents of Malloy’s decision to break Connecticut’s Constitutional Spending Cap are “a bunch of people trying to score cheap political points."
“There are several points -- none of them cheap -- to make about Governor Malloy’s hypocritical comment regarding his decision to break the Constitutionally-mandated State Spending Cap in order to spend an additional $500 million in taxpayer dollars.
The spending cap language was adopted in 1991 and has served as a check against insatiable Democrat spending for 22 years, with no changes to the definition of the cap until Malloy’s proposal;
Governor Malloy using the phrase “scoring cheap political points” comes from a governor who – in the category of “Cheap Political Points” -- is the all-time leader and a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer;
Most importantly, Governor Malloy and the legislative Democrats are breaking the Spending Cap because they have neither the will nor the control of their caucus to control spending. Deeply indebted to government unions and special interests, the Democrats broke the historical record for tax increases in their budget of 2011 – and now they are using their legislative majority to break the spending cap Connecticut voters put in place more than two decades ago for one reason and one reason only – they cannot say no to spending; and
This cheap budget gimmick only emphasizes the abysmal failure of Malloy’s budget and economic policies and breaking the spending cap will only hinder future economic recovery.”