Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy addressed the State of the State Wednesday night during a discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Greenwich.
Governor Malloy answered questions submitted by the audience in a range of topics from the recent government shutdown to how the State is recovering after Hurricane Sandy.
In regards to the recent government shutdown. Governor Malloy said "I'm worried about Head Start children in the State of Connecticut. We are trying to put together a program to keep kids in Head Start throughout the State and if we can't do that, then a whole bunch of children will be out of school and not learning and not preparing for school. That could have a very bad impact. WIC (Women, Infants and Children - Food Nutrition Service) a food subsidy program for children and pregnant women - we have a months worth of money kitty but only 2 weeks of money to pay for the people who distribute it. So we need to figure out a way around that."
In discussing Super Storm Sandy, Governor Malloy said "There is no doubt in my mind that as opposed to other states that saw larger scale loss of life [as a result of Super Storm Sandy] because of our preparations, because of our drilling, because of our work with our utility company, we suffered far fewer loss of life and other damages and we recovered more rapidly."
The Governor also discussed bullying and mental health issues.
Governor Malloy said "Bullying continues to be a problem in part because I think we have not done as good a job in training professionals in schools and elsewhere to identify bullying early on, and understand how to deal with it. We've had some incidences locally that speak to that issue. We are now requiring additional training for not just mental health personal, but teachers and principals and others in education to identify bullying behavior."
Governor Malloy also touched upon mental heath issues as a result of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Governor Malloy said "We are working with professionals in the area, and specifically the Sandy Hook Commission is heavily weighted towards mental health professionals as members so that we can have a comprehensive road map to what is recommended by that commission and I believe that whatever recommendations are made will be taken up by the legislature in the coming session and I certainly would support that."