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2017 Legislative Briefing Held on April 27th

| April 27, 2017

Witkos-LeGeytThe Canton Chamber of Commerce invited State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) and State Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-17) to provide an update on the state budget on Thursday, April 27th, at the Canton Community Center. Twenty Chamber members, local citizens, and town officials attended. Chamber President Gary Roman welcomed Senator Witkos and Representative LeGeyt and thanked them and the audience for attending. Gary made his initial remarks and then turned the meeting over to our two Legislators.

LegisBrief-01Tim LeGeyt gave an overview of the process of developing the 2018 budget and attempting to strike a balance to solve the potential $1.7 Billion budget shortfall and meet the needs of local towns and businesses. He was disappointed that the Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, was unable to move a proposed budget to a vote on the previous day.

Kevin Witkos presented similar views from the Senate’s point of view. He echoed his disappointment in being unable to move forward with a budget that would control spending and avoid new taxes on businesses and individuals. He announced that the Senate Republicans would be holding a press conference to outline their budget proposal that afternoon at 2:00 PM.

LegisBrief-03The audience included First Selectman, Leslee Hill; Chief Administrative Officer, Robert Skinner; Economic Development Agency Chair, Bob Bessel; Chamber Board members, and local business owners. The question and answer period lasted nearly an hour with a free exchange of ideas and opinions. The audience seemed generally satisfied with the responses from Kevin and Tim and their perspective of the process that remains to be resolved.

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