DANBURY, Conn. -- State Rep. Stephen Harding and state Sens. Toni Boucher and Michael McLachlan, all Republicans, met with constituents from recently at the Bethel Library.
Boucher represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Harding represents Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury. McLachlan represents Danbury.
The lawmakers answered questions and concerns raised about the budget and cutting spending, as well as declining enrollment in schools throughout the state. Property taxes, child support, and the increasing number of cars registered out-of-state by in-state residents were among other issues discussed.
“While we discussed this at the meeting, I do have some hope for the future of our district’s healthcare services; construction is set to begin any time now on the new Danbury Health Center – complete with senior housing – on Main Street where the city’s former police station was once located. This project gradually acquired funding through state grants, private mortgages and private investors who received tax credits for investing in this community project,” said Harding.
“The questions we heard centered on why the Governor believes raising taxes would solve the problem after he promised not to raise them? People wanted to know how they could count on money from Hartford to keep transportation needs on track - after hearing state government was taking funds out of the dedicated transportation fund? And lastly they were concerned about jobs and big businesses threatening to leave. It is important for constituents to express these concerns," said Boucher.
"They want to fight for a better Connecticut. I want to help them fight for a better state too. Which is why I told them I'm voting against the Governor's budget."
“Taxpayers from throughout greater Danbury are constantly asking me, ‘Is anyone at the State Capitol listening to us?’” McLachlan said.
“Well, I know some of us are listening. That’s why we voted ‘no” on the state budget, which raised taxes by the second highest amount in state history. We appreciate the feedback we receive from taxpayers, and we will continue to represent their best interests in Hartford.”
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