Mirror reporter will explain, analyze state budget with representatives

Wilton’s state representatives, Tom O’Dea (R-142) and Gail Lavielle (R-143), will host an in-depth budget analysis with Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith Phaneuf on Wednesday, June 15, 8 to 9:30 a.m., in the Brubeck Room at Wilton Library.
The state’s $19.7-billion budget was the most-discussed topic this session, with each legislative caucus releasing multiple budget proposals in addition to the three different proposals Governor Malloy released.

Phaneuf will provide a review of Connecticut's budget and fiscal situation, discuss their implications for the state's economy, and take questions.

The former state capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Phaneuf has spent most of 24 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut's transportation and social services networks. He, along with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

A former contributing writer to The New York Times, he is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

For questions or for more information, call Mitch Renfrew at 1-800-842-1423.