State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) held a legislative update at the Cannon Grange Hall on Thursday, June 18, where they discussed what went on during the Connecticut General Assembly’s regular session, which ended on June 3.
Lavielle, who serves on the Appropriations Committee and Transportation Committee and is a ranking member of the Education Committee, said one of the “overwhelming circumstances that affects us all” is Gov. Dannel Malloy’s two-year, $40.3-billion state budget.
“Since the year 2009, we have had tremendous tax increases and it’s always been a question of shall we cut services, shall we have tax increases and how do we balance those out?” said Lavielle.
“The reason for that is because when the majority of the legislature puts this budget together, it essentially does not look at about 35% of the state’s costs, which are tied up in state employee benefits and compensation.”
Lavielle said the latest budget has drawn criticism from many people.
“This time, the budget increases spending, it increases taxes by a couple billion dollars, and everybody seems to notice and everybody seems to be upset,” she said.
“We’re hearing from people we have never heard from before — people who don’t usually write to us, people from both parties, people who are very, very stressed because the taxes affect rich people [and] middle class people.”