For the first time in two years, Gov. Ned Lamont gave his state of the state address in person.
By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com
In a Wednesday speech to the legislature, Gov. Ned Lamont painted an upbeat picture of Connecticut where flush coffers would support tax cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to slide into the rearview mirror.
Lamont stood at the dais in the House Chambers to deliver an in-person state of the state address for the first time in two years. Last year’s speech was pre-recorded and most legislators viewed it from their offices.
In many ways, the speech seemed designed to cast the narrative of the governor’s first term as voters prepare to consider his re-election in November. The last three years saw Connecticut’s fiscal health improve and also thrust Lamont into steering the state through the uncharted waters of a global pandemic. Lamont focused often on financial improvements, telling the chamber he was “hell-bent” on avoiding the bad habits of past decades.
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