State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) led a discussion at the annual Valley Legislative Forum on Wednesday, April 4. Roughly 100 small-business owners, nonprofit representatives and concerned citizens gathered at the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce\u2019s forum at the PerkinElmer in Shelton to hear from area legislators. Discussion centered on the fiscal stability of Connecticut and the current state budget. \u201cEach year I look forward to this forum and the insightful questions the engaged business and community leaders ask, I want to encourage them to continue to ask tough questions of their lawmakers and urge them to stay involved in the process,\u201d said Sen. Kelly. Senator Kelly addressed the crowd\u2019s concerns about many issues, many of which focused on the state\u2019s finances and the current state budget crisis. \u201cWhile there are many important issues that concern Connecticut residents, the biggest worry my constituents have revolve around their checkbooks and how much the state is asking them to fork over,\u201d said Sen. Kelly. \u201cHard-working middle class families continue to struggle and the governor and Democrat lawmakers continue to try and fix this with tax increases. This is not the way to lead our state out of this fiscal mess. The state must learn how to do more with what we already have \u2013 tax increases, highway tolls, rail hikes, and continuous mandates\u2013 these are not the answer. Prioritizing spending, investing in our infrastructure, making decisions based on long-term fiscal plans is how Connecticut will recover \u2013 not continual tax increases.\u201d State Senator Kevin C. Kelly represents the 21st Senatorial District which includes the towns of Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford. Senator Kelly is the Assistant Senate Republican Majority Leader and serves as the Co-Chairman of both the Aging Committee and the Insurance and Real Estate Committee.