To keep residents updated on the latest happenings at the State Capitol, State Rep. Dave Yaccarino (R-87), along with State Sen. Len Fasano (R-34), hosted a town hall-style meeting at the Mildred A. Wakeley Community & Recreation Center on February 29.
The North Haven lawmakers discussed the ongoing state budget crisis, including projections released last week by the legislature’s non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis that the State’s budget deficit of $72.2 million that was just announced last month has now increased to a staggering $266 million for FY16.
Residents expressed deep frustration about the repeated annual deficits in the state budgets and the subsequent tax increases imposed on their families and/or business budget. Many of them shared stories about friends and businesses that have left or are in the process of leaving Connecticut because they cannot afford to stay. Furthermore, residents shared their concern of jobs leaving the State and citied General Electric’s move and talked about the ever-growing possibility of Sikorsky following suit.
Residents discussed their views on what they believe to be contributing factors to the state’s fiscal crisis.
“We appreciate the time that North Haven taxpayers took out of their busy lives to come and share their concerns with us,” Rep. Yaccarino said. “As your elected officials, Len and I always keep in mind that we are your voice in the State Capitol and we work diligently to ensure that we represent each of you and your families accurately. We believe that these open and honest discussions make us better and more responsive legislators. We will continue to keep you informed during this year’s legislative session. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or at 800-842-1423.”
“Connecticut is a great state, but clearly we need to change the direction we are heading if we want to reach our potential and build a better future for our families. Rep. Yaccarino and I are committed to getting our state back on track in these difficult times. Hearing from our constituents is an important part of the process so we can better understand what people in our state need to succeed and prosper. I thank everyone who came out to share their ideas and questions with us. I am always available to hear from you at [email protected],” said Sen. Fasano.