Republican nominee Bob Stefanowski continues to build momentum in Connecticut’s gubernatorial race, earning the endorsement of The New York Post as he surges in the polls.
The Post praises Stefanowski for proposing “zero-based budgeting to get a handle on spending, along with eliminating the state income tax (which only dates to 1991) to boost the economy.” The Post also contrasts how Stefanowski offers a “sharp break from the runaway tax-and-spend express of the Malloy years” with Democrat candidate Ned Lamont, who would only “deliver more of the same.”
The New York Post writes:
“Even more so than its neighbors, New York and New Jersey, Connecticut is barely treading water financially. On Tuesday, voters have a chance to do something about the disastrous policies that have driven their state to the brink.
That’s why The Post endorses Republican Bob Stefanowski in the neck-and-neck battle to succeed hapless two-term Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Both Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont have a business background, as does independent Oz Griebel. Clearly, Nutmeg State voters want no more professional politicians like Malloy.
But where Stefanowski offers a sharp break from the runaway tax-and-spend express of the Malloy years, hard-left Democrat Lamont, for all his protestations, would deliver more of the same.
He’s vowed to ‘stand with labor unions’ and ‘use my veto power’ against any legislation that might undermine them — which makes it unlikely he’d even push to curb the runaway pension costs that, along with massive debt, have become untenable.
Connecticut can’t take much more: Voters have been hit with three income-tax hikes over the past dozen years, sending major companies fleeing. The next governor takes office with a $2.6 billion deficit.
Stefanowski, a former financial executive making his first run for public office, proposes zero-based budgeting to get a handle on spending, along with eliminating the state income tax (which only dates to 1991) to boost the economy.
Yes, that would blast a huge hole in the budget, which is why he would phase the tax out over eight years and make it dependent on revenue triggers, so that it won’t go away if the state can’t afford it.
But, as Stefanowski warned in a recent debate, ‘This state is on an absolute fiscal cliff.’ Lamont wants voters to just trust him; Bob Stefanowski is offering a plan to fundamentally alter the way Connecticut runs itself. He should get a chance to try.”