A Republican candidate for governor, Steve Obsitnik, says “the knobs are out there,” people know what needs to be done to improve the Connecticut economy, which was recently ranked 43rd among the 50 states in the country.
In an interview with HAN Network one month before the Aug. 14 Republican primaries, the high tech businessman, Westport resident and former U.S. Navy submarine engineer talked about how he would manage to get the knobs turned if elected.
State of emergency
To reduce the cost of state employee benefits and catch up on the funding of teacher pensions, Obsitnik said, “On day one, I will enact a financial state of emergency in Connecticut,” as a practical matter, not a legal one. “I will give us 120 days. We’ll invite the unions in … both sides bring a team of experts, we’ll meet every day for 120 days. Let’s hash out a framework that brings fiscal stability back.”