Gov. Malloy delivers final State of the State address

<p>Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered his final State of the State address Wednesday afternoon.</p>

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2018, 5:50 PM

Updated 2,291 days ago

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered his final State of the State address Wednesday afternoon.
"Fairness" was the theme of his speech. Malloy, a Democrat, says that since he took office, Connecticut has reduced gun violence after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 and that the state passed the nation's first paid sick time law.
Malloy also called for a ban on the bump stock devices used in last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas and for an individual mandate to have health insurance.
The biggest applause came when Malloy, who was wearing a pink ribbon, called for tougher sexual harassment laws.
"There is an immediate need to change workplace culture – from small towns to Hollywood, from the mailroom to the boardroom, and from the jailhouse, to the statehouse, all the way up to the White House," Malloy said.
Republican lawmakers are calling the address a political speech that did nothing to address Connecticut's ongoing economic problems.
They said he ignored the state budget crisis, with no mention of tolls, taxes or jobs, and tried to distract people from his historically low approval ratings.
"I don't think that's what Connecticut wanted to hear," said state Sen. Len Fasano (R-North Haven). "Connecticut residents want to hear, 'We're in some trouble, we have a deficit, how are we going to move the state forward, how are we going to make this economy work.’"
Malloy did roll out his budget agenda on Monday.
Another thing Malloy touched on was voting. He said he wants Connecticut to allow early voting and to study whether people could vote by mail.


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