Legislators get their assignments
Wilton’s legislators have received their committee assignments for the legislative session that begins Jan. 9.
State Sen.-elect Will Haskell (D-26) has been named chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee and vice chair of Government Administration and Elections.
“I can’t wait to get to work!” he texted to The Bulletin.
State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125), who is embarking on his fourth term, will remain on the Judiciary Committee as well as the Transportation, Environment, and Legislative Management committees.
Lavielle, an assistant minority leader who will be sworn in for her fifth term, will be working on the largest committee in the state legislature. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for determining funding for the state’s departments and agencies, and for drafting the biennial budget, which is approximately $40 billion.
“I am honored to take on this new leadership role, and I am grateful to Republican Leader [Themis] Klarides for the appointment,” Lavielle said in a press release.
“The gravity and depth of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis cannot be overstated, and no matter how you view the situation, it is clear that real structural, long-lasting changes in the management of the state’s finances will be necessary to restore Connecticut’s economy. …Together with my caucus, I am confident that we will continue to offer workable proposals to reduce spending, improve the business climate and grow the tax base, reduce taxes as spending cuts and revenue growth permit, and invest intelligently in infrastructure, education, and essential social services.”
“With a new administration come new opportunities, and I hope that our new governor will be open to ideas from both sides of the political aisle,” she added.