WILTON – State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Tom O’Dea (R-125) listened to the questions and concerns of constituents in Wilton at a town hall meeting they hosted on Monday night alongside their Senate colleague, Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26).
The legislators engaged in a productive discussion at the Wilton Library with area residents seeking to hear from their elected officials before the legislative “short session” begins on February 7th, amidst persisting budget issues and concerns about transportation funding.
The representatives answered dozens of questions over the course of the hour and a half event about a range of topics.
Connecticut’s economy and volatile fiscal situation were of particular concern for Wilton residents, with attendees worried about how Connecticut’s unfunded liabilities and budget deficits will affect their property taxes. Other questions covered education funding, the SEBAC union contract, health insurance, and how to make Connecticut more attractive to businesses.
“People, towns, and businesses are clearly feeling the full force of the uncertainties about taxes, services, transportation, and the local economy that are caused by the state’s persistent fiscal crisis,” said Rep. Lavielle. “It is clear that the legislature must act urgently to address Connecticut’s unsustainable pension and benefits liabilities and eliminate wasteful spending, while finding ways to expand the state’s tax base. Doing both at the same time is challenging, but necessary to restore Connecticut’s economy and to protect its quality of life. I am glad that we had a strong turnout at the Monday town hall, because it’s important for people to understand the state’s fiscal realities. I hope that my constituents will continue to use my office as a resource for answers to any questions they have about state government.”
Anyone who was unable to attend the event but would like to speak with Reps. Lavielle and O’Dea can reach them any time at their email addresses, respectively, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-842-1423. Sen. Boucher can be reached by email at email@example.com or by calling 800-842-1421.