The Gutsiest Governor In America: LOWELL WEICKER

Elected as an Independent just when the recession was destroying his state's economy, Connecticut's LOWELL WEICKER took the tough road of budget cuts and taxes

Q. In 1991, your first year in office, you established Connecticut's first income tax, clashed with legislators by vetoing four attempts to overturn the levy, and in the process discovered that many residents hate you. Any regrets?

A. You have regrets when you have failed policies. My policy when I came in was no income tax, but that fell apart on the rocks of fiscal fact. Obviously I would have liked to have ended up the most popular guy in the state of Connecticut. For fiscal year 1993, I have proposed $1.1 billion in cuts from current services. But I think...

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