McKinney Budget Tour Kicks-Off Tonight In Enfield

March 11, 2013

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7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Enfield Town Hall Council Chambers, 820 Enfield St., Enfield, CT

On Monday, March 11, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and Senator John A. Kissel will hold a state budget forum at the Enfield Town Hall’s Council Chambers.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Monday forum in Enfield is the first stop on an eight-town “Fiscal Responsibility Tour” to discuss Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and to gather public input for the coming legislative debate.

“Over the next two months, there will be a vigorous debate about the direction of our state and particularly its fiscal management. I want public input to be at the center of this debate. That’s why I’m hosting this tour,” Sen. McKinney said. “Two years ago, when Governor Malloy was proud of his budget he went on a statewide tour to promote his vision of ‘shared sacrifice.’ That vision never materialized. Instead, government spending increased, promised savings from state employee unions were never achieved, and hardworking taxpayers were disproportionately burdened with the largest tax hike in our state’s history. I think it is more important than ever for the legislature and the governor to hear from the people of Connecticut. We need to find a way out of this fiscal crisis together. So, the primary purpose of our tour is to listen and learn.”

The forum will include a brief presentation of the governor’s budget proposal and an update on the budget process in the General Assembly, followed by an extensive question and answer period for the general public.

Sen. McKinney said he expects that the budget the legislature ultimately votes on and passes will look much different from the governor’s current proposal. “There are simply too many holes in the governor’s budget for it to gain legislative approval without significant changes. I want Connecticut residents to be heard as those changes are being considered by their elected representatives.”

Enfield Town Hall is located at 820 Enfield Street. For more information, please contact (860) 240 8884.