Malloy: 'We haven't gone left. Maybe the rest of the world has gone right'
HARTFORD -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's mood Thursday morning wasn't exactly celebratory. The governor took a somber tone at times and said the end of a historic legislative session on Wednesday night was "not a time to celebrate."
But the governor, proud of a session in which he and his Democratic allies in the state legislature passed several pieces of nationally scrutinized legislation, took the occasion to tout what he said has been the best month of his tenure.
In a press conference less than 10 hours after he addressed the General Assembly following the conclusion of the session, Malloy said he was making no apologies for the progressive policies that have pleased his supporters and drawn harsh criticism from conservative critics.
"We haven't gone left," Malloy said. "Maybe the rest of the world has gone right."
Malloy said among the accomplishments with which he was most pleased were the passing of the Connecticut Dream Act, the paid sick leave bill and measures that have brought about criminal justice reforms and transgender rights.
He mocked the Connecticut Business and Industry Association for its opposition to the sick leave bill and ripped his predecessor, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, for the way she and the legislature handled the state budget.
"I think CBIA tends to see any glass as half-empty even when it's close to full," he said.
"I followed a governor who spent $1.5 billion in rainy-day funds just like that," he said of Rell, snapping his fingers. "I followed a governor who, with a state legislature, authorized borrowing money for operating expenses."
Finally, asked to name his biggest regret about the session, Malloy could immediately think of only one thing.
"That it ended," he said.