In Portland, Dozens of Taxpayers Meet With Sen. Linares, Rep. Carpino

February 28, 2013
Sen. Art Linares updates taxpayers during the Portland Town Hall meeting held with Rep. Christie Carpino.

Sen. Art Linares updates taxpayers during the Portland Town Hall meeting held with Rep. Christie Carpino.

Connecticut’s increasingly high cost of living driven by an ever-growing state budget was among topics tackled by State Rep. Christie Carpino and Sen. Art Linares during a Feb. 26 state budget forum

More than 30 people attended the event at the Senior Center, where the legislators fielded questions for an hour and a half.

Sen. Art Linares speaks with a Portland taxpayer during the Feb. 26 budget forum held with Rep. Christie Carpino.
Sen. Art Linares speaks with a Portland taxpayer during the Feb. 26 budget forum held with Rep. Christie Carpino.

Subjects discussed included the state budget, job creation, abuse of state entitlement programs, and state regulations and taxes that squeeze small businesses. The legislators also provided details about a projected $2 billion budget deficit over the next two fiscal years–an area where everyone agreed with Carpino and Linares: Connecticut can’t continue on its current path.

Carpino said, “This budget forum was presented to show Portland residents what economic challenges Connecticut faces this year. Listening to your concerns and hearing your suggestions are heartening and they assist me in my deliberations.”

“We thank Portland taxpayers for coming out,” Linares said. “You had excellent comments and suggestions, and we take your ideas with us to the State Capitol. We plan to continue to keep you updated as the legislative session continues. Our mutual goal is to get our state’s economy moving again. Lower taxes, pro-business policies and responsible state budgeting will get Connecticut on the right track.”