Senator Tony Guglielmo “hopeful” after town hall meeting

January 27, 2011
Senator Tony Guglielmo discussing the state budget deficit with constituents at a Town Hall meeting in Woodstock
Senator Tony Guglielmo discussing the state budget deficit with constituents at a Town Hall meeting in Woodstock

Woodstock, CT – The quiet corner was full of conversation Tuesday night in Woodstock where local legislators both Republicans and Democrats held a town hall meeting with constituents. The forum was held at Woodstock Town Hall and more than two dozen people joined in the conversation.  State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford Springs), Representative Mike Alberts (R- Woodstock) and Representative Danny Rovero (D-Killingly) took the opportunity to engage people in a talk about the state’s budget crisis. 

“I have hope because people are here, and they are offering solutions,” Sen. Guglielmo said.  To date the state faces a $3.5 billion shortfall.  Senator Guglielmo and others are trying to figure out ways for the new administration to close that gap.  At the Woodstock forum people expressed frustration over the appearance that lawmakers are being too “calm” about the budget.

Senator Guglielmo reassured the crowd, “We are all going to have to work together in order to get through this crisis. The new administration has talked about freezing state spending and downsizing government. We are all trying to figure out the best solution to this huge problem.”

Also, at the forum was former Democratic State Representative Shawn Johnston from Killingly, who listened to proposed solutions suggested by lawmakers.

Some of the ideas are making sure the state doesn’t spend more than it makes, not borrowing more than we can afford to pay back and rethinking some of the tax credits to make sure we are not giving away the store.

 

“Town hall meetings like this help me keep an open line of communication with you,” said Senator Guglielmo.  “I appreciate the feedback from constituents. It is critical if we are going to work together to solve our problems now and in the future.”


Senator Guglielmo submitted more than thirty bills this year, and a good portion of those began with a call or an email from a concerned citizen.