Ned Lamont in 2022 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Larger and more diverse police force, speed up prosecution

I want more cops on the beat. Our ten largest cities and towns are training and hiring nearly 400 new cops in the next two years. As I have done with our state police, they are adding more female recruits and creating a more diverse police force. Community policing that is of, by, and for the communities they serve. Those preventive measures only work if the Judicial Branch continues to speed up criminal cases so people who pose a risk to the community and themselves are kept off the streets.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Energy & Oil: Carbon free electric grid; transportation system to follow

Our electric grid will soon be carbon free, and our transportation system is soon to follow. Our budget provides for hundreds of electric charging stations as our state transitions to an all-electric fleet. We are beginning our conversion to all-electric school buses and city buses, reducing air pollution in some of our most distressed communities, where there is a disproportionately higher rate of asthma. That's what we mean by environmental justice.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Government Reform: Let's make easier absentee balloting a reality for everyone

Your vote makes a difference. Four years ago, hundreds of voters in New Haven waited for hours in the pouring rain, clutching a soaked ballot in order to cast their vote. The last two elections, voters turned out in force because they could vote absentee. Let's make easier absentee balloting a reality not just during a pandemic. Make it easier for voters to vote. I like people knowing they have a stake in the election, that their vote makes a difference.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Gun Control: You can't be tough on crime if you are weak on guns!

We have more damn guns on the streets than ever before. Get these illegal guns out of our communities--let our kids be kids! Our budget calls on our commissioner of public safety to create a special illegal gun unit, working with our neighboring states, to track down those big gun traffickers. You can't be tough on crime if you are weak on guns!
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Jobs: On way to $15 minimum wage, indexed for inflation

We promised three years ago that to attract a 21st century workforce, we needed a 21st century workplace that better meets the needs of the modern family. I always believed that working families deserved a raise. After two years of Covid I believe we all have a better appreciation of how essential our essential workers are. Connecticut is well on its way to a $15 minimum wage, which will continue to grow with inflation, plus an additional tax cut for working families worth up to $1,200 a year.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Principles & Values: I have zero tolerance for any ethical malfeasance

I will hold anyone accountable who breaches that trust, starting in my administration. I have zero tolerance for any ethical malfeasance. We hold ourselves to the highest standards. If you see something, say something, and if you don't get the response you deserve, give me a call.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Tax Reform: Expand business tax credit to repay employee student loans

I want students and trainees to take a job in Connecticut, and I want Connecticut employers to hire from Connecticut first! To encourage that, we're expanding a tax credit for small businesses that help repay their employees' student loans. More reasons for your business to hire in Connecticut, and for graduates to stay in Connecticut--that's the Connecticut difference.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Tax Reform: Eliminate income tax on pension and 401K income for most

The current property tax credit is too limited, so we're going to double the number of families who can claim it. We're also going cut taxes on automobiles. That's going to reduce car tax bills in more than 100 towns, often by hundreds of dollars per car! We're also going to eliminate the income tax on pension and 401K income for most households. Stay in Connecticut and watch your grandkids grow up in your living room rather than waving to them from a Zoom room in Delray, Florida.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

On Technology: Internet access not just nice to have, it's a necessity

The infrastructure funding will also extend broadband to those rural and urban areas cut off by the digital divide. We already added free Wi-Fi to many town greens, schools, and libraries so you can do everything from Brooklyn, Connecticut that you can from Brooklyn, New York. Telehealth, e-learning, and telecommuting are not just nice to have--they are a 2022 necessity. This is as much about fairness and equality as it is convenience and efficiency.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Feb 9, 2022

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