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Governor Lamont Meets with Transition Policy Leaders for 100-Day Evaluation

April 16, 2019 - 9:14 pm

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTIC) – Governor Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz held a roundtable discussion with transition team leaders and local business and healthcare officials.

The event, held at Central Connecticut State University, included chairs of Transition Policy Groups, who reviewed and discussed the accomplishments of the first 100 days of the administration.

Governor Lamont noted some of the accomplishments of the first 100 days, which included establishing the most diverse administration in the State’s history.

“I like the fact that Susan and I have been able to restart our relationship with the business community, I think that was fractured over the last generation or so,” said Governor Lamont.  “I’m very serious about reaching out to all the business leaders to let them know that I’m here to listen and work together.”

Moving forward, the Governor stated his biggest priority remains submitting a balanced budget on-time.  The second biggest priority includes fixing the State’s transportation system.

“It is driving jobs out of state and you don’t pay for it by more borrowing that’s the credit card addiction that got us into the problem we’re in today,” said Governor Lamont.  “I think I’ve come up with a strategy that allows us to do it, have out-of-staters pay for a significant amount of it, and I haven’t heard a credible alternative.”

Overall, the tone of the evaluation was positive, as both Governor Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz stressed how important the transition team was to establishing the administration’s solutions and ideas to progress policy.

“We took a lot of their ideas and ran with them,” said Governor Lamont.  “When it came to a lot of the recommendations brought up today, we acted on them.”

“I think people are optimistic that’ve we’ve made a fresh start,” said Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz.  “We’ve been more collaborative and we’ve asked businesses and non-profits to be part of the solution, and I think we heard that loud and clear from people.”