Dialogue: #103 Len Fasano

State Senate Republican President Len Fasano from North Haven

State Senate Republican President Len Fasano from North Haven

March 26th, 2017 Dialogue Show:  

On this Dialogue edition, Steve Kotchko discusses with Senate Republican President Len Fasano what may happen as the legislature wrestles with trying to adopt a new 2-year state budget this session.  Fasano tells what he thinks of some of Governor Malloy’s proposals, such as towns and cities paying a third of teacher pension costs to fill the massive budget deficit.  He also discusses the governor’s new education funding plan, the need to get labor concessions, and what it would take to get bipartisan support on a state budget.   

Dialogue: #101 Michael Lawlor

March 12th, 2017 Dialogue Show:  

Michael Lawlor, criminal justice advisor to Gov. Malloy.

Michael Lawlor, criminal justice advisor to Gov. Malloy.

March 12th, 2017 Dialogue Show: 

This week Steve Kotchko talks with Michael Lawlor, Governor Dannel Malloy’s Criminal Justice Advisor, about the governor’s proposal to grant juvenile justice protections to persons aged 18 to 20.  Lawlor explains why it’s the best way to deal with these young people for lesser crimes, not felonies, so they are not tarnished for life and can be successful contributing members of society in the future.  He says they did this with 16 and 17 year olds 10 years ago and it has led to a reduction in crime in Connecticut and the closing of prisons because of less crime.

Dialogue: #100 Susan Bransfield

Susan Bransfield – Connecticut Conference of Municipalities President and Portland First Selectwoman

Susan Bransfield – Connecticut Conference of Municipalities President and Portland First Selectwoman

March 5th, 2017 Dialogue Show:  

On this show, Mark Sims talks with Connecticut Conference of Municipalities President, Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield about issues concerning cities and towns.  She tells of their concerns about Governor Malloy’s proposed changes to the state’s education funding formula, and his proposal to have cities and towns pay a third of teacher pension costs.  CCM President Bransfield also discussed CCM’s own new report, “A New Way Forward” with recommendations for a vibrant future for cities and towns. 

Dialogue: #99 Eileen Healy

Eileen Healy – Representative of Connecticut’s Independent Living Centers

Eileen Healy – Representative of Connecticut’s Independent Living Centers

February 26th, 2017 Dialogue Show:  

On this week’s show, Steve Kotchko’s guest is Eileen Healy, representing Connecticut’s Independent Living Centers.  She tells why Governor Malloy’s budget effort to take away all state funds could be disastrous for these facilities that help the disabled.  Healy discusses how important the centers are to the disabled population, and whether the legislature might be persuaded to restore the funding.  If not, she discusses whether they could find funding from private sources. 

Dialogue: #97 Themis Klarides

State House Republican leader Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby)

State House Republican leader Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby)

February 12th, 2017 Dialogue Show:  

On this Dialogue edition, Steve Kotchko gets a Republican assessment of Governor Dannel Malloy’s new 2-year state budget from State House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.  She tells what she thinks about a new school funding program the governor is proposing, and whether towns can absorb funding cuts without hiking property taxes.  Representative Klarides also discusses Republican ideas to help balance the budget, and what will happen if Governor Malloy can’t get concessions from state employee unions to help cut the budget deficit. 

Dialogue: #95 Denise Merrill

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill

January 29th, 2017 Dialogue Show:   

 On this week’s Dialogue, Steve Kotchkodiscusses with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill President Trump’s claim that massive voter fraud occurred in the presidential election, costing him the “popular vote”.  Merrill explains why Trump’s assertion is ridiculous, but also damaging and un-American for our elections system.

Dialogue: #94 Bob Duff

January 22nd, 2017 Dialogue Show:   

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff

 Steve Kotchko talks with State Senate Democratic Leader Bob Duff about the new shared power structure in the State Senate this year, with Democrats and Republicans now each having an equal number of members.  Senator Duff talks about why the state is continually facing budget deficits ... this year no different … and what needs to be done to fill that gap.  In addition, Duff gives his concerned views on how Connecticut could be affected financially by the new Trump administration in Washington.

Dialogue: #93 Jillian Gilchrest

Jillian Gilchrest – Chair of the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council

Jillian Gilchrest – Chair of the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council

January 15th, 2017 Dialogue Show:   

 This week on Dialogue Mark Sims interviews Jillian Gilchrest, Chair of the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council, about the problem of sex trafficking in Connecticut.  She says it is a problem here in our state, as more than 500 children have been sex trafficked – sold for sex – in Connecticut over the last 5 years.  Gilchrest tells how they want to raise awareness about this, and discusses their efforts to end it by targeting the demand side of men buying sex, which fuels sex trafficking

Dialogue: #92 Kevin Witkos

State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Canton)

State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Canton)

January 8th, 2017 Dialogue Show:   

 On Dialogue 2017 this week, Steve Kotchko gets a Republican viewpoint on Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s State of the State Address from Deputy Republican Leader in the State Senate Kevin Witkos. Witkos tells his thoughts on Malloy’s education funding plan and on state pension reform.  The Republican leader also discussed the new power balance in the State Senate with Democrats and Republicans now each having the same number of members … something that hasn’t happened in 125 years. 

Dialogue: #91 Peter Gioia

Connecticut Business and Industry Association economist Peter Gioia

Connecticut Business and Industry Association economist Peter Gioia

January 1st, 2017 Dialogue Show:   

 This week on Dialogue, Mark Sims talks with Peter Gioia, Economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).  In the show, Gioia talks about the outlook for the state's jobs picture in 2017.  He also comments on the need for the state to get its fiscal house in order, and how what President-elect Trump is proposing could help Connecticut's economy.  

Dialogue: #87 Joe Aresimowicz

State House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz.

State House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz.

December 4th, 2016 Dialogue Show:   

   This week Steve Kotchko talks with State House Democratic Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz about the changing political power structure in the legislature after the elections.  Aresimowicz discusses how he’ll deal with a much smaller Democratic majority in the House and how he foresees his new role as State House Speaker when the new session starts in January.  With a big budget deficit looming, Aresimowicz tells how he’s ready to make the tough decisions to put Connecticut back on the right track.

Dialogue: #86 Tim Phelan

Tim Phelan, President of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association

Tim Phelan, President of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association

November 27th, 2016 Dialogue Show:   

   This week on Dialogue, Mark Sims talks with Tim Phelan, President of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association.  In the show, Phelan gives his outlook for the holiday shopping season.  He also comments on the competition between brick-and-mortar retailers and online retailers, and discusses the hot holiday gift items for this year.