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Candidates Fail To Confront Connecticut's Dire Fiscal Straits

Candidates Fail To Confront Connecticut's Dire Fiscal Straits

The current state gubernatorial campaign debate is missing the point. The hard truth is that all of the candidates are running for the dubious honor of commanding a ship of state that is on fire and about to sail off a fiscal cliff.

They should be terrified and sounding the alarm. But spreading bad news is not how you get elected.

The coming cliff is the $4.6 billion deficit projected for the upcoming biennial budget — 11.6 percent of appropriations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 starting on July 1, 2019. These deficits will continue and will grow by $500 million per year thereafter. The victorious candidates will arrive in the Capitol in...

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