This morning the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce hosted a round table discussion to talk about the state budget as well as other legislative proposals affecting business in Connecticut. The discussion was attended by local business owners, Glastonbury residents, State Representatives Prasad Srinivasan and Jason Rojas and State Senator Steve Cassano.
Representative Srinivasan used the opportunity to express his concern with the state budget that was signed into law earlier this month. Srinivasan told those in attendance he did not believe $4 billion in additional taxes was the best way to lead the state out of the fiscal crisis, especially when the budget also increases spending by $1 billion.
Srinivasan also questioned the rush in passing the budget more than a month before the last day of the legislative session. The budget was passed with a $2 billion hole- presumably to be filled by union concessions. Governor Malloy is still working to get his $1.6 billion concession plan ratified by the unions but, even if the plan is ratified, it will still leave a $400 million hole. Srinivasan opined that the legislative leaders should have waited until the deal was reached prior to voting on the budget.
Members of the Chamber and those in attendance agreed the meeting was an excellent opportunity for residents and business owners to voice their concerns and ask questions of their elected officials. The Chamber hopes to make similar discussions a somewhat regular occurrence.