Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy hasn't had an easy first term. The Democrat won the governor's office by just over 6,000 votes in 2010 and faced the largest per capita deficit of any state. In his first year, over the fierce opposition of public employee unions, he pushed through major contract changes for state workers and, against the objections of Republican lawmakers, a $1.5 billion tax increase.
He has had his share of policy successes. Malloy overcame opposition by teachers unions and persuaded the legislature to pass his plans to incorporate performance evaluations into teacher pay and to limit teacher tenure. He made good on his longstanding promise to abolish the death penalty.