Senator Martin Calls Commission’s Report a Sobering Look at Connecticut’s Reality

March 26, 2018

Hartford – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) called today’s presentation by the Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth a frank assessment of the state’s fiscal crisis.

Legislation passed during the 2017 session of the General Assembly established the commission comprised of representatives from the business, education and civic communities. The commission’s report was presented to members of the legislature in the House Chambers.

“The information presented today was insightful, acute, and very sobering,” Sen. Martin said. “The commission gave the legislature what I believe is an accurate picture of where the state is today and it proposed a comprehensive plan that it believes contains the necessary steps to reverse Connecticut’s downward fiscal trajectory.”

Sen. Martin said the commission was asked to “Develop and recommend policies to achieve state government fiscal stability and promote economic growth and competitiveness within the state.”

“I believe the commission made a straight-forward effort to study the state’s fiscal problems and provide solutions,” he said. “Legislators have been given a lot of information to digest. As per the commission’s report, Connecticut’s fiscal ‘burning platform’ must be addressed. What is perfectly clear is that bold actions are required. Time is of the essence. We need to review and assess all of the commission’s proposals and initiatives to determine the path forward that will provide the state with economic stability and consistent, balanced budgets.”

Sen. Martin said he appreciated the time and effort committee members put forward, as volunteers, in assembling the report.

Sen. Martin is a member of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.