Shortly after the end of the 2012 legislative session, I held a series of informal meetings throughout our district to share an update with you and hear your thoughts and concerns personally. It is always a pleasure to speak with constituents about important issues and discuss how we can improve the policies that affect our families and our community. In case you could not attend one of these meetings, I would like to share some of the major pieces of legislation considered this year, including the state budget, jobs and the economy, seniors, education, the environment, veterans and more.
Despite the largest tax increase in Connecticut history, the state budget ended the fiscal year in deficit. It has since been erased after the Governor transferred more than $200 million that would have been used to pay down debt early. When it was first proposed last year, I voted against the Governor's budget because I believe that state government is spending too much and that to raise taxes on hard-working families is the wrong policy. Instead, I voted in favor of an alternative budget that would not have increased taxes or spending.