Southington Lawmakers Hold Residents Town Hall

Posted on July 8, 2019


SOUTHINGTON- State Representatives John Fusco (R-81) and Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80), and State Senator Rob Sampson (R-16), recently hosted a Town Hall Forum at the Southington Municipal Center.

More than 30 concerned residents came out to discuss important topics relating to Southington and the state, including the state budget all three Southington lawmakers opposed due to its many taxes, almost $2 Billion and a refusal to have a debate on reducing our state spending.

All three legislators declared their opposition to tolls and mentioned how a toll proposal has little to no support in the General Assembly.

Some of the positive pieces of legislation passed in 2019 were bills to address the growing opioid crisis, a new law to get tougher on those who sell or manufacture Fentanyl.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop in to discuss many of the important issues facing the state this year, and into the future,” Rep. Fusco said. “By working together and using the best ideas we can find true savings in the budget, reduce taxes and help boost the businesses that bring jobs and economic prosperity to the state.”

“I want to thank everyone who came out to join us. I enjoyed hearing from you.” Rep. Mastrofrancesco said, “We do not need tolls on our highways. Connecticut has plenty of dollars to maintain our bridges and roads. First thing the Democrats need to do is to stop diverting and raiding funds from the Special Transportation Fund, Lockbox.” 

“I want to thank everyone who came out to our town hall meeting” said Senator Sampson. “Overall, I think people are most concerned about how our state government is having an ever increasing negative impact on the cost of living in our state.  We did accomplish some good things this past session but sadly, the focus is likely to remain on burdensome new taxes, anti-business regulation, and the threat of tolls.  I share that opinion and am doing my best to influence a change in our overall direction. “

The legislators also discussed the expansion of the Trust Act which essentially makes Connecticut a sanctuary state making the state a more dangerous state to live.