State Legislators Provide Budget Update to the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

April 12, 2013

Shelton – State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) and State Senators Kevin C. Kelly (R-Stratford) and Rob Kane (R-Watertown) provided a state budget update to members of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and its Board of Directors during a Chamber meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd.

“The State of Connecticut must do more to encourage businesses to grow and create jobs in the Naugatuck Valley,” said Senator Kelly. “Thanks to the efforts of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, our local economy stands to benefit from an improving economic situation. In the coming months, members of the legislature will be drafting the next two-year state budget that will impact Connecticut jobs and families alike. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will be fighting for a reduced level of spending and opposing new measures to increase taxes. With your valuable input, we can chart a smarter path that will benefit our communities, our jobs and our families.”

The legislators and business owners discussed proposals currently under consideration by the General Assembly, including the governor’s proposed state budget, Connecticut’s budget deficit and proposed increases in spending, the elimination of the car tax and other matters of concern to the business community.

“Sen. Kelly, Sen. McKinney and I will continue to oppose higher taxes and any policies which negatively impact valley businesses,” Sen. Kane said. “In Hartford, we are trying to lower the tax burden on businesses and families. We are also fighting to bring back a sense and fiscal responsibility.”

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce represents the business communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. The Chamber includes about 600 members from manufacturing, retail, service, biotech and corporate sectors. Their mission is to provide leadership to enhance economic growth, development, prosperity and quality of life in the region. For more information, please visit their website at