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tv   Connecticut State of the State Address  CSPAN  February 3, 2017 3:25am-4:00am EST

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she talked about that interaction and her follow up with the caller. >> this was august, we had this sort of racially charged summer with donald trump's campaign, with black lives matter and the police shootings and tragic events baton rouge and dallas, it was a time when people felt like all the therm seeing about race was bad news here what is first a white man admitting that he was prejudice, which for people of color was you know, we kind of said finally. sunday day on c-span's q&a. next dannel malloy, he
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address financial aid for local museums. this is half an hour. [ applause ] thank you. already. let's get to work. we have a lot to do. mr. president, mr. speaker, lieutenant governor, fellow state officials, ladies and gentlemen of the general assemble, honored members, members of the clergy and
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citizens of the great state. thank you for the privilege of inviting me into the people's house. let me offer congratulations to those who have been reflected into leadership position. i want to congratulate new members. i look forward to work withiing all of you. we have lost dear friends who have served in this house. our hearts are heavy as we continue to mourn their passing. let's pray for the safe return. -- thank you to nancy wine man. [ applause ]
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finally, i have to find her -- thanks for my wife, son, and other two sons for their love and support. great to have katy down here. thank you. [ applause ] the connecticut general assembly met in special section. in support of our state's economy and workforce. i signed in protected 8,000 jobs at the aircraft. [ applause ] equally important -- across
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every corner of our great state. it nearlily doubled their spending to almost $700 million per year over the next decade and beyond. i want to thank all of you for that all of you who participated in that special section. in recent years we have secured similar investments. taken together these agreements se meant our leadership around the globe. a decade ago if we had told our constituents in 2017 not only ramp up production rather than -- put thousands of people tho work in our state but course ski could be committed for generations to come. they would not have believed us.
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they would have told us we were overly and nay eve. together we protected aerospace support generations and beyond. we have given the employers and tens of thousands of employees who work for them something vital in today's world. we have given them predictability. we know that predict ability creates confident and growth. when we give them reason to believe their job is here to stay. we're giving them confident to buy a car, starts a fund, or buy a home. we are giving them confident to take part in our state's economy. it's true for their employers.
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it allows businesses to expand, to put down roots right here in connecticut. that's what companies are looking for and they deserve it. i want to talk to you today about how we make our budget predictable how we continue that important work this legislative session. i'm going to discuss three key area to focus on this year. we do this to balance the budget but also long-term prosperity. change has already begun. to start we need to continue making state government leaner and cost-effective.
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the way to do that is by setting priorities and allocating resources where they are needed most. the trust can we cannot afford do everything we've done in the past. in recent years, commissioner have employees have been hard at work to provide services while saving money. important work had to be fazed out to services could continue. results are plain to see. last year we cut $850 million out of the budget to bring fiscal year in balance. in so doingen, we sent less than the general fund than we had in the previous years since 2002. we reduce the number of state agencies by 28% since 2011 slinging from 81 down to 58.
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during that same time period we reduce executive by 9 1/2%. we reduce than we did in 2008. don't let anyone tell you reduction front line employees. we reduce by 28% in state government. while we had to go through the unfortunate but necessary process of layoffs last year, the vast majority have come through new trigs. we have spending less on overnight. it costs 14 1/2% saving the state 37 1/2 million dollar. all told excludeing higher
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education, the exseccive -- commissioner needs -- will ned to work with their staff and with you here in the legislature to find additional savings. just because we have managed our budget does not mean we take a year off. we must continue to live within our means spending such as we have and no more. in september, my administration asked agencies to begin thinking about what additional cuts would mean. having explored these option many will be include in the
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budget i give to you next month. it simple means we can no longer do it all. our spending must be focused on the core and essential services for our residents. reduce waste and increase producttivity in order to -- impacting services or the employees who provide them. ing we can continue to make state government more efficient, sustainable and reflective of our reality. the secondary ya are the obligation we have to connecticut workers, he haddate tors and retires.
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the pension was created 80 years ago but not a dime was deposit into account for 30 years of its existence. it was a pay as you go system. now over many decades, lower than assumed returns and early retirement packages left us with a significant unfunded liability in the teacher retirement systems. the reality is after 80 years the state set aside one-third of the money necessary to refund its obligation. of the 1.65 billion that we will pay to retirement system. 78% of that nearly $1.3 billion is what we're paying papering um for what past administration and past legislators failed to do.
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our generation is paying for connecticut past mistakes. is that frustratesing? >> yes. it's also the right thing to do. our retiree. dead kated their lives. let's acknowledge and thank state workers for connecticut residents and businesses. in 2011 we worked at the bargaining table to help put us on the path. we changed benefits, restructure state pension, raise retirement age and required all ploez to pay for the benefits for the first time. we saved the state $1.6 billion in the immediate two years
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following that agreement. total of 21 1/2 billion dollar over the following years. have we not realized that, our defer fit would be much worse. since making this agreement in 2011, the state has honored its commitment to fully fund the pension obligation each and every year. [ applause ] we are finally doing together what should have been done over the prior 80 years and i want to thank all of you for that. building upon these years of work, my administration came to a agreement with our state employees and our retirement commission. an agreement which which make our payments more affordable and
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can predictable. independent analysis are taking notes. moo moody investor service deemed this to be a positive step for our state. enhance the stability of our pension system. i urge you to support these important reforms. today, today despite the hard work and real progress it's clear we have work to do to make our short and long-term obligations more affordable. fix costs increase every year hampering our ability. teachers are track to cost the state an additional $360 million. in the next fiscal year compared
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to this current year. clearly the fiscal challenges we face during the next by an yum are real. in the weeks ahead my administration will work to find solution. to bring costs in line with our economic reality. these talks have been frank and direct and i'm appreciative state workers have taking part in them. it's hard but we must reach on agreement on how to make our pension and benefits for affordable. as we face these challenges together we must work together. we must recognize a balance to this is one that includes state c concessions. tho should be reechached at the table.
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while at the same time keeping our promise to connecticut's taxpayers. here is another promise. we will not be made poor decisions of the past. we will not settle future generation with unpaid fixed costs. responsibility changes must be made and made this year. as our past record demonstrates when we come together and hold real lessic -- and we should do so this year. [ applause ] the third and final area that would i like to focus on with you today, is how we go about distributing aid to our towns and cities. how we fund public education. the state provided total of
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$5.1 billion in aid. municipality aid one fifth of our budget. not medicaid, debt service, salaries and ask benefit, town aid large portion of our budget. it would not be fair to talk about reduction or talk about the need for labor concessions without talking about new ways to provided town aid. of the $5.1 billion distributed to the municipalities 81% of that are $4.1 billion is education funding. that doesn't includes -- 1.25 of
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the -- of course connecticut should be spending lots of money on local education. we believe in investments in elevation are down payment for our future. our budget must reflect the value. the question is whether in this time of scars resources are we sfending this money in the best way possible. are we ensuring that all students regardless of what town or city they live in can receive quality public education. i do not believe that we a immediating that standard. ill point out to you that a reenlt court decision says that as well. it's why i have long advocated that we support our support to those struggling the most so we can level the playing field for the student ands the taxpayer. wile we have made progress on
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this in recent years i do not p believe we have gone far enough. one that guarantees equal access to quality education regardless of one's zip code. we need a formula that measures a given community anticipates burden, a formula that recognizes and takes into account impact the challenges have to our children. it's that simple. the budget will -- it will be based on local property tax burden, and student need -- more accountable, adaptable,
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resulting would be a fair distribution of our state's funds. if we are successful in this area, it would be important benefit. we can help ensure no city or town will explore path of bankruptcy. to be clear that should not come without string attached. if a state is going to play a role in helping less affluent communities. part of that role, to a substantially higher standard and greater accountability. [ applause ] let me be clear, to great r
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accountability they have been held to in the past. those of the steps that i believe we need to take on town aid funding. the budget i propose next month will layout a path to getting there. based on prior experience, i understand it. that's how it works. i'm ready to partner with you. understand this, real change needs to be made and it needs to be made this year. change that leads to a better more ebbing kwible system of town aid. let's get to work. i begin today by-talking about our recent historic partnership having to do with so kor ski. it's not just about the aerospace industry,s regardless
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of income, people in every industry and income level with counting on us to get it right. a farm ton why both families work in the industry deserve reassurance of a stable business climate. a math teacher should have a peace of penicillined that a pension and benefits will be intact after she retires an decades of work. is owed a stable job with raise. if you don't think we can do it for these people or for that matter all the people of our state, if you don't think we can help our constituents and make their lives and careers more positive and predictable, look no further than the progress we
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have made together in recent years. to see exactly what is possible when connecticut works together. years of good economic development are helping to grow jobs in our state. since the end of the great recession, we have recovered 85,000 jobs. through the small business express program, more than -- a program that did not exist a few years ago, we have helped more than 1,600 companies, and they have retained 18,000 jobs, good jobs. and they are now creating even more jobs. and in the manufacturing assistance act, we have helped 150 countries since 2011. they have retained 34,500 jobs and growing 8,500 more as we speak. all told, unemployment is now at 4.7%. that is the lowest level since 2007. [ applause ]
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low unemployment is good. in 2012, we worked across party lines and passed comprehensive education reforms. and today thanks to great teachers and principals, our students are some of the best readers in the country. after years of decline, our graduate rates have risen for five years in a row. [ applause ] those graduation rates are now at the highest point in connecticut's history. we've made monumental advancements for our most vulnerable children in connecticut, as well. many people doubted that we would be in a position to resolve the 25-year-old case
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that has kept dcs on federal oversight. for too long, it's been an unacceptable situation for our children. but the end of that federal oversight is within our reach. we are finally ready for connecticut state government to reclaim its responsibility for connecticut kids. so please join me in support of this progress, as well. we are also improving our transportation system as we speak. thanks to investments we've made, the on time and on-budget completion of the q-bridge project means on a daily basis, 140,000 motorists are getting to where they need to go with greater ease. and with connecticut fast track, more people are riding connecticut transit buss to work. it's exceeding all initial projections. average ridership is ago high as 19,000 people per weekday.
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[ applause ] and finally, on the criminal justice front, connecticut is leading the nation in reform. it is now safer than it has been in 50 years. [ applause ] our prison population has dropped significantly, and i want to underline this, high risk, violent offenders are serving more of their sentence than they have ever served before under any other governor. and recidivism has declined substantially, as well. [ applause ] this progress has allowed us to save the taxpayers $70 million in the current fiscal year.
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all of this work, all of it, is making connecticut a better, more desirable place to work and to live. i need to do one other thing now, because i would be remiss if i don't take a moment to stress the importance of repredictability and stability in the wake of november's presidential election. i have no desire to rehash or reanalyze the results. we all get plenty of that from cable news. but i do want to offer two brief thoughts on what we can learn from november, and how it might impact the work we have to do this session. first, it is now more clear than ever that too many americans feel disconnected from their government. they feel the system isn't working for them. they fear that they aren't able to take part in the american agreement. while we might disagree on the role of government in that effort, whether it should be more or less government, more active or less active, i offer to you that a greater degree of
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predictability in government, in all government, at all levels, will help reen gauge and reinvigorate our democracy. regardless of our party, or whom you voted for, most of us can agree that the presidential transition has been nothing, if not unpredictable. it's left some people in some communities feeling anxious and uncertain. that is true here in connecticut. but our state has a long legacy of acceptance, compassion and fairness. so regardless of what your family settled here in connecticut 300 years ago or just three days ago, you are welcome here. [ applause ]
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so let me say that as the people of connecticut navigate a changing national landscape, we will ensure that every state resident is treated with dignity and respect and we will do this together, and that will not change. not now, and not ever. [ applause ] this year here in connecticut, we must focus on the -- as we
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also work to make our budget and our economy more vibrant. we must continue progress together. i'm asking for your partnership. i'm asking that we approach this session and this budget in a spirit of authentic, bipartisan collaboration. next month, i'm going to come back to you with more details on the topics i have laid out today, about how government should continue to become smaller and more effective. about how we can continue working with our partners in labor to create sustainable benefit systems that we can afford, not just now, but in the years ahead. and about why we should find a fairer way to fund public education. so that we can ensure dollars are going to where they are needed most, all of them will be geared towards building a more sustainable connecticut economy. we are in this together. and together, we shall prevail.
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thank you. may god bless you. may god bless the great state of connecticut and the united states of america. [ applause ] [ applause continues ] next on c-span3, a hearing on challenges facing the affordable care act. then congressional budget director keith hall on the economic and budget forecast. friday, a discussion on the future of free speech during the
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trump administration. we'll be live from kato institute starting at noon eastern here on c-span3. friday, former cia director, retired general david petraeus, joins an event on the role iraq and afghanistan play in helping the u.s. military. our live coverage starts at 2:30 p.m. eastern here on c-span3. >> this weekend, c-span will explore the history of fresno, california. saturday at noon eastern on c-span2. author tim hernandez with his book "all they will call you" about the 1948 plane crash in california that killed 32 people, including 28 mexican migrant workers. >> when the plane crash happened in 1948 and the news reports went across the country, woody guthrie was in new york at the time. of course, one of the great
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rebellious folk icons that he is, he heard the news report, so he wrote a poem about it. he said, goodbye to my juan, goodbye, rosa leta, you won't have a name when you ride that big airplane. all they will call you will be deportee. >> then learn about the life of the author of this book, as he recounts his story about childhood, race, and identify in california's central valley. >> historically, japanese americans had a vibrant community. when the immigrants first came, this was the only entry point for them in the american economy. >> and sunday afternoon, the history of farming and agriculture in fresno, from ryan jacobson. >> we have a mediterranean climate that is found in only one of five regions in the world
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and we're the only in the united states. >> and we'll learn about the history of martin theodore kerney, who established the california raisin grower's association. >> he was interested especially in the growing of raisins, and he wanted to get together a co-op of raisin growers to control quality and structure the pricing of racens. >> that's saturday at noon eastern on c-span2 book tv and sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on c-span3, working with our cable affiliates and visiting cities across the country. now a hearing on challenges to the implementation of the affordable care act, and issues of waste, fraud, and abuse in the program. this hearing is 90 minutes.


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