Last night residents of East Windsor gathered at the Warehouse Point Library for a Town Hall style budget meeting presented by State Representative Christopher Davis.
The event, attended by approximately 40 residents, began with a short presentation by Davis who explained the current situation of the state budget as well as the Governor’s proposal. Connecticut is currently facing a $3.5 billion budget deficit and Governor Malloy proposed $4 billion in tax increases over the next two years to close the gap.
Davis also covered the “Common Sense Commitment to Connecticut” which is a set of guiding principles set forth by legislative Republicans that includes things such as “don’t spend more than you make” and “don’t borrow more than you can afford to pay back.”
“I think if we adopt some of these common sense principles we can get our state back on track for the long term,” said Davis. “There isn’t a silver bullet that will fix this problem overnight but we have to change the culture of state government. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Governor’s budget does that.”
After the presentation Davis opened up the floor to people with questions and comments and there were plenty of both. Many in attendance were upset at the apparent lack of spending reductions in the Governor’s plan and the heavy tax burden falling on the middle class.
“We need to cut spending not increase these hidden taxes,” one resident said. “That chart you put up showing the difference between the Governor’s spending cuts and tax increases needs to be flipped. We need to get the tax increases on the small side or get rid of them altogether.”
Davis explained that he will not consider a single a tax increase until he is confident that every spending cut and efficiency has been exhausted. “We have a state government that we simply can’t afford and haven’t been able to afford for a long time. I think people want to see government make a lot more sacrifice before they see their taxes go up another dime.”
“Listening to my constituents is always beneficial for me,” said Davis. “I’m glad so many people showed up and voiced their concerns. I am going to take their concerns and ideas to Hartford and, hopefully, work toward a better budget for them and a better budget for Connecticut.”
Davis has another Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Thursday March 31st at 7pm at Ellington Town Hall.