State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) has announced an eight-town “Fiscal Responsibility Tour” to discuss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and to gather public input for the coming legislative debate.
And the one stop in lower Fairfield County will be March 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Greenwich Senior Center, 299 Greenwich Ave.
“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," McKinney said in a prepared statement. "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."
McKinney added, "With that track record, it is not surprising that Governor Malloy hasn’t initiated a public tour to review his latest proposal. But, I think it is more important than ever for the legislature and the governor to hear from the people of Connecticut.”
The Fairfield Republican also said. “We need to find a way out of this fiscal crisis together. So, the primary purpose of our tour is to listen and learn.” McKinney said another purpose of the tour is to educate.
Each tour stop will include a brief presentation of the governor's budget proposal and an update on the budget process in the General Assembly, followed by a question and answer period. Members of the Senate Republican Caucus will join McKinney at events in their respective districts.
For more information about the Fiscal Responsibility Tour, please contact Peggy Deschenes, Connecticut Senate Republicans, (860) 240 8884.