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The Latest: Malloy gets mixed reviews for anti-Trump speech

February 7, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State of the State address and opening day of the legislative session (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Legislative Democrats are cheering Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s final State of the State address as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s policies, while Republicans say the speech ignored Connecticut’s continuing fiscal woes.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano called Wednesday’s address a “political speech.” He says Connecticut residents would rather hear Malloy discuss how the state budget remains in deficit and how “we’re going to move this state forward.”

Malloy dedicated much of his speech to how Connecticut can “offer a beacon of hope” to those “fighting on the right side of fairness.” He’s calling for improved paid sick leave laws, preservation of Affordable Care Act measures and a ban on bump stocks.

Democratic Senate President Martin Looney says it’s “entirely appropriate” for Malloy to point out Connecticut’s differences with Trump.

12:50 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling on state lawmakers to send a signal to the rest of the nation and world that Connecticut is a place that “will always recognize injustice and inequity,” amid “growing national inequity and unfairness.”

The Democrat on Wednesday delivered his final State of the State address to the General Assembly. He is not seeking a third term in office.

Malloy says health care, affordable housing, a clean environment and access to the ballot are among the key issues the Legislature should focus on in the coming months. While not mentioning President Donald Trump, many of his proposals conflict with the Republican’s agenda.

Malloy wants state lawmakers to preserve key elements of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and cost-free birth control for women.

12 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is planning to lay out his priorities for his last year in office in his final State of the State address to the General Assembly.

The speech on Wednesday marks the opening of Connecticut’s new legislative session.

The Democrat is not seeking a third term.

Malloy is also expected to review his administration’s accomplishments over the past seven years, which have been marked by significant state budget challenges.

Malloy this week released his proposed $20.73 billion budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. It includes a mix of highway tolls, spending cuts and a range of tax changes, including a higher levy on cigarettes and a 25-cent-per-bottle deposit on wine and liquor.

The session runs until May 9.

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