Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had it right Wednesday when he said that the fiscal crisis facing state government is not only an enormous challenge, but also a historic opportunity. Unfortunately, his proposed two-year budget proposal for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 does not fully seize that opportunity.
With the urgency of the massive deficits confronting the state and with his own Democratic Party in control of both legislative chambers, this new governor could have called for dramatic change in reorganizing government. Instead, his proposed modest agency consolidations, which don't appear to reduce government in any substantial way, "amount to rearranging the deck chairs, not turning the ship," Rep. Steven Mikutel, D-Griswold, aptly observed after the governor's budget address.