Forum tonight on state budget is open to the public

State Sen. Kevin Kelly
State Sen. Kevin Kelly

The public invited to weigh in on the state budget tonight when state Senate House Minority Leader John McKinney’s budget tour comes to Stratford.

The meeting will take place Thursday, March 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wooster Middle School auditorium, 150 Lincoln St., Stratford. McKinney will joined by state Sen. Kevin Kelly, a fellow Republican whose district includes all of Shelton and most of Stratford.

“With your help,” Kelly said, “we can bring your ideas to Hartford and develop a smarter budget proposal that will benefit seniors and middle-class families.”

‘Fiscal Responsibility Tour’

The Stratford forum is the second stop on an eight-town “Fiscal Responsibility Tour” by McKinney to discuss Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and to gather public input for the coming legislative debate.

The forum will include a brief presentation of Malloy's budget proposal and an update on the budget process in the state Legislature, followed by a question-and-answer period with the public.

McKinney critical of Malloy’s proposal

“Over the next two months, there will be a vigorous debate about the direction of our state and particularly its fiscal management,” said McKinney, whose lives in Fairfield. “I want public input to be at the center of this debate.”

McKinney, who is considered likely to run for governor against Malloy in 2014, has been critical of the governor’s budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Two years ago, when Gov. Malloy was proud of his budget, he went on a statewide tour to promote his vision of ‘shared sacrifice.’ That vision never materialized,” McKinney said. “Instead, government spending increased, promised savings from state employee unions were never achieved, and hard-working taxpayers were disproportionately burdened with the largest tax hike in our state’s history.”