Reflect on 2017 Legislative Session
HARTFORD –State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) hosted a spirited ‘Pizza and Politics’ constituent event at Old Towne Restaurant in Trumbull to discuss the just concluded legislative session to approximately 20 interested Trumbull residents.
The three Trumbull lawmakers chose to meet constituents at a local Trumbull business over a more formal Town Hall-type event to promote a more casual and free-flowing discussion with constituents.
State House members talked with Trumbull residents over pizza on the major issues that shaped the 2017 legislative session including; the failure of the majority party to pass a state budget by the legislative session deadline of June 7th; an update on the possibility of tolls coming back to Connecticut; how the legislators are fighting an effort by the governor to push teacher pension obligations on to towns; why Trumbull needs to fight for every dollar we can get in the state budget especially considering the state income taxes Trumbull residents pay.
“I was impressed with the large turnout on a beautiful June evening, which lead to thought-provoking questions and conversation. The people of Trumbull care deeply about their state and they inspire all three of us to work hard for them. It’s always a pleasure to meet with residents and keep the lines of communication totally open. This is how government is supposed to work,” said Rep. Rutigliano.
“This was a fun way to meet residents and to hear their concerns on the direction of our state. I always leave one of these events energized. I plan to take what I’ve heard and bring it up to the State Capitol. We are their voice,” said Rep. Devlin.
“There is an understandable level of concern out there about where we are as a state,” said Rep. McGorty. “We still do not have a budget in place, yet a $5.1 billion deficit is looming, three major credit rating agencies recently downgraded Connecticut’s creditworthiness, the state is losing businesses and jobs hand-over-fist and the threat of further job-killing tax increases remains. This was a great opportunity for the public to come out, exchange information and ideas, and hear first-hand how we are addressing these issues in Hartford.”