The election for Connecticut’s newest Governor races on. With Governor Jodi Rell retiring from her post in 2010, the competition is in full swing. The candidates that we are left with are Tom Foley (Republican), Dan Mallow (Democrat), and Tom Marsh (Independent).
When Jodi Rell was elected, Connecticut went in an uncharacteristic direction. She had previously been promoted from Lieutenant Governor after a scandal with Connecticut’s former Governor John Rowland, but one might not have exactly predicted that Connecticut would re-elect her. Connecticut is a mainly Democratic state, so to vote-in a Republican as Governor was surprising.
Overall, Rell seems to have a done a decent job helping Connecticut during the recession. One might even say that she has proved to a very Democratic state that a Republican can satisfy its needs.
I am not entirely convinced, though. From what I have heard, Rell seems to have had some backlash with the higher-ups at the University of Connecticut. I cannot say for a fact that this is true, but it is rumored.
The University of Connecticut is New England’s #1 public university. The governor who is elected not only has to be aware of state and community issues, but they also need to be very attentive and willing to work with the university. The university is working on pumping out some of New England’s finest scholars, so the financial support and collaboration must be there.
The state budget has made it clear that most of the spending done in households has to do with education. I feel like that is okay because that is where the future is. Molding young minds and giving them the chance to seek opportunities is important. It is up to the student as to whether they take advantage of the opportunity or pass it by, but education is nonetheless one of our most valuable resources.
When I vote for Connecticut’s next Governor, I will be keeping this in mind. So far I am impressed with how much devotion Democratic gubernational candidate, Dan Malloy, has displayed. He gave 60% of Stamford, CT’s capital budget to public schools. I feel as if he might be willing to work with the University of Connecticut as well.
One educational plan that was proposed by Republican candidate, Tom Foley, did grab my attention, though. He is suggesting that Connecticut implement performance payments for teachers. This might anger teachers who have worked many years to achieve their tenure, but it also might motivate them. Are we not as human beings motivated to work harder when there is some type of reward in front of us or something to lose?
Both of these candidates seem very capable of controlling Connecticut’s state government. Over time, I will reflect and figure out who I feel is right for the job. If you are interest in finding more about these candidates than just the education piece, visit their websites.