North Haven Town Hall

March 31, 2011

Residents pack the North Haven Memorial library to discuss the state budget with Senator Len Fasano and Representative David Yaccarino.

“Families have had to tighten their belts and do more with less; it’s time for the state to do the same.”

North Haven, CT – Nearly 80 concerned citizens packed the town library for the state budget town hall meeting co-hosted by Senator Len Fasano (R-East Haven) and Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-North Haven).

“I applaud the governor for seeking $2 billion in concessions from state employees and I wish him success, but we still need to keep an eye on cutting spending,” Senator Len Fasano said.

Representative Dave Yaccarino agreed, adding “Connecticut families are already struggling in this economy and the Governor’s proposal doesn’t go far enough with spending cuts before raising taxes on basic necessities. North Haven families have had to tighten their belts and do more with less; it’s time for the state to do the same.”

The Governor’s budget increases state spending by nearly $1 million over two years and relies on increased tax revenue at a time when many Connecticut families, especially the middle class, are hurting.

“Downsizing government means more than just the elimination of 150-jobs among a 46,000 person work force,” said Senator Fasano. “We need to privatize services and sell off state assets if we really want to make a dent in our spending.”

After a brief power point presentation, people asked very informed questions and both legislators appreciated their honesty.

“This is the largest tax hike in state history. These are massive tax increases on the middle class at a time when our residents can least afford it,” Senator Fasano said. “Just about every tax is raised – income, sales, corporate, gas, alcohol, hotel, tobacco, admission, and dues.”

Both agreed to work on alternatives and asked the crowd to continue communication with lawmakers in Hartford.