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Nine Republican candidates for Connecticut governor took the stage in New Canaan April 18, and there were a couple of things they all agreed on: Solving the unfunded public employee and teacher pension liabilities crisis in the state government is job one, and Connecticut has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
An estimated 550 people from around the state went to Saxe Middle School for the three-hour political event, organized and sponsored by the state Republican Party, moderated by state Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125, New Canaan) and featuring questions from Ken Dixon of Hearst Connecticut Media and Dr. Gary Rose, chairman and professor in the Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. It was the fifth and final GOP debate before the state convention in May.