Boucher, of Wilton, who represents New Canaan, announced her exploratory committee filing Tuesday in Naugatuck, where she grew up after emigrating there from Italy at the age of 5 with her family.
"I grew up in Connecticut at a time when it was one of the country's most prosperous states. Now, thanks to the irresponsible policies of one-party rule, its economy ranks dead last," said Boucher. "We have one of the heaviest tax burdens in the country, one of the worst environments for business, the nation's highest per capita debt, dangerously unfunded pension liabilities, and the dubious distinction of being the worst state for retirement.
"I love Connecticut, and I can't stand by while the policies of the Malloy administration and the Democratically-controlled legislature drag it to the bottom of almost every economic ranking. That's why I am exploring the opportunity to run for governor.
"Connecticut has become unaffordable. Every day people tell me they are looking to move. They fear they no longer have a future here. Punitive taxes on everything including pensions and cars, persistent high unemployment, and the lack of any hope for a turnaround in Connecticut's economy are driving people and businesses out of the state. We must stop the bleeding. I am determined to stay and fight for Connecticut's future."
Boucher is a chief deputy minority leader.