BETHEL — More than 40 people turned out for a state budget forum tonight hosted by Rep. Dan Carter and a few of his colleagues from the state legislature. Carter was joined by state Rep. David Scribner as well as state Sens. Toni Boucher and Michael McLachlan. Together, the lawmakers explained the state’s dire financial predicament: a $3.5 billion budget deficit. They also provided details of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposal to close that shortfall, including an array of middle class tax increases. Malloy’s controversial proposal calls for roughly $1 billion more in government spending, leaving many residents questioning the governor’s call for “shared sacrifice.” Check out this news report published the Bethel Patch.