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The Governor’s Habit of Hoodwinking

When you’re running a state, hoodwinking the people you represent is not a good idea. Unfortunately, Governor Malloy is making hoodwinking the people of Connecticut a habit.

To hear him talk, Connecticut’s economy is thriving, and he never misses a chance to say that he has made the state friendly to and open for business.

Last week at a town hall meeting in Greenwich, he claimed to have fixed a fiscal mess he inherited and to have turned the state’s dismal job market around. This week in Stamford, he said that thanks to his administration’s efforts, Connecticut was no longer an unfriendly place to do business.

This all sounds great, but it’s not the truth. Here are the facts:

•       Connecticut is the only state whose GDP shrank in 2012, and its economy ranks dead last.

•       Not one net new job has been created. The state’s unemployment rate is stuck at 8.1%, while the national rate has dropped to 7.3%.

•       The Tax Foundation released a report this month ranking Connecticut’s business tax climate among the 10 worst in the country.

•      A recent CBIA survey found that 80% of Connecticut business leaders have a negative view of the state as a place to do business.

•       In CNBC’s July 2013 ranking of the top states for business, Connecticut ranked 45th.

•       To demonstrate the state’s openness, the governor is now accepting public comments on all state regulations, except for those introduced under his administration.

Facts are facts. Distorting them is not the best way to demonstrate leadership or inspire trust. Connecticut needs a leader who tells people the truth about the state’s problems. The trouble is, if they heard the truth, they just might vote in someone who would acknowledge the problems and do what’s necessary to fix them.