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Togetherness Is Theme of Malloy's State of the State Speech

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to the tragedy in Newtown, as well as Connecticut's budget, economy, education and energy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn't actually offer his take on the state of Connecticut in his "State of the State" address, but his impassioned delivery before the General Assembly today painted with a broad brush a picture of the budget, pensions, education and the environment.

His focus, though, was Newtown.

A Democrat in his first term, Malloy's speech comes on the first day of a new legislative session and nearly a month since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 children and six educators dead. The events in Newtown have shaken communities across the state and put Connecticut in the national spotlight with a renewed dialogue on gun control, mental health and school safety — and they reshaped Malloy's speech.

"It won't surprise you that this speech is very different from the one I first envisioned giving," he said. "In the early days of December, I began thinking about what I’d like to say. Now, while it’s only been a few short weeks on the calendar, we have all walked a very long and very dark road together."

"What befell Newtown is not something we thought possible in any of Connecticut’s beautiful towns or cities. And yet, in the midst of one of the worst days in our history, we also saw the best of our state."

Malloy paused, and visibly choked up. Then he continued:

  • "Teachers and a therapist that sacrificed their lives protecting students."
  • "A principal and school psychologist that ran selflessly into harm’s way."
  • "Our brave Connecticut State Police, Newtown’s local law enforcement, firemen, and others that responded courageously when called upon."
  • "In the aftermath, a selectwoman, a superintendent, and other local officials that have served around-the-clock bringing comfort and stability to Newtown."

"And today," he continued, "Sandy Hook’s teachers are doing what they do best: putting the interest of their students first as they return to classrooms, providing stability and continuity that has never been so important and so needed."

"And then, of course, there are the families. Twenty-six families that despite an unimaginable loss have gotten up each and every day since, have been there for one another, and have supported their community as much as that community has supported them."

"Let us do everything in our power to ensure that Connecticut never again suffers such a loss; that we take real steps to make our kids and our communities safer."

"And when it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom," Malloy said. "That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become."

While Malloy acknowledged that the issue of guns is something that transcends  state borders and, therefore, demands national action, he said Connecticut's focus must be on what it can do to better protect its citizens.

"Those conversations won't always be easy," he said, "but as your Governor I’ve learned there is no challenge we will face that can’t be overcome with the power of our community."

That theme of togetherness and community — and what can be accomplished when it outweighs all other forces — was woven throughout the governor's speech as he touched upon the major issues facing the state, including:

  • Economy and jobs
  • Budget and pensions
  • Education
  • Energy and the environment

"My friends," Malloy said, "as we begin this legislative session let us be guided by devotion to the common good, by faith in one another, and by a determination to work together to make our community as strong as it can be in every way."

For more detail on what Malloy said on each of those topics, as well as the Sandy Hook School shooting, his full speech is attached as a PDF.

Paul Bahre January 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM
A half witted Governor giving a speech to the largest collection of Socialists this side of Venezuela, I'm so sick of this state. I swear that I'm going to vote with my feet in the next couple of years, just as soon as my daughter graduates from High School, I'm going to shake off the dust of this reprobated state from my feet forever. You know what folks of Granby, Farmington Valley, CT, I'm from here and my ancestors go back all they way to the beginnings of New England and before that too. So don't say to me CT would do better without me or my like minded friends, because it won't. All I got to say to our lawmakers and Governor, F You All you All make me sick to my core!!!
Robert Kalechman January 10, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Sorry Paul you are so right you and your people are Connecticut true and blue .Reminds me of the story of the Arab and the camel The Camel needs to get warm so he asks the Arab to let him into the tent the Arab agrees and the camel moves in and forces the Arab to move out of his tent This is Governor Malloy he moves into the Governor Mansion on Prospect St in Hartford and the people who fought and died for Connecticut move out the Connecticut State house and Senate is the same way each year they raise their pay and do very little but spend our money on their lunches and Party's Good luck in your move it sad but true
Jon Gibson January 10, 2013 at 05:23 PM
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Bill January 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I'm moving out of this state as soon as I graduate college. There is nothing here but government regulation and over sensitive soccer moms.

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