Gov. Malloy delivers State of the State

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut is beginning to see "real progress" as it recovers from the recession. Addressing a joint session of the General

HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered his State of the State address Thursday in Hartford to kick off this year's legislative session.

In the address, the governor unveiled his new agenda aimed at strengthening Connecticut's economy, ensuring that Connecticut working families share in the state's emerging recovery, and improving education to support students of all ages.

On the economy, Malloy has pledged $125 million to support Connecticut businesses.   That includes extended support for the Small Business Express program.

As for education, Malloy is pushing to launch the Go Back to Get Ahead program that would look to help any state resident who took a break from college to get back on track.

The governor is also proposing to move to statewide access for universal pre-Kindergarden, serving 4,000 more children by 2018.  It is something Malloy says he is ready to sign into legislation today.

The governor's agenda also calls for raising Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.

Malloy also pledged to end homelessness for veterans by the end of 2015.

For the complete State of the State address, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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