WILTON, Conn. – State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) recently hosted a “Coffee with your Legislators” event Thursday at Orem’s Diner in Wilton as about a dozen constituents joined them to discuss issues facing Connecticut.
Residents voiced concerns over issues such as economic development, the state’s high taxes, burdensome regulations, low economic rankings, and problems with Metro-North and traffic on Interstate 95, according to a press release. Some said Connecticut’s high taxes have influenced them to consider moving to other states that offer better prospects for jobs and retirement.
“Many local taxpayers are frustrated with the direction in which our state is going, and as your state legislators, we share that frustration.” said Boucher “Hosting frank discussions about the future of our state are beneficial and make us better legislators.
"We will continue to push for policies at the State Capitol which improve our quality of life, straighten out our state finances, and encourage businesses and residents to live and work here.”
A press release described the event as friendly and convivial despite the pressing issues raised.
“One of the most important parts of our job is listening to what’s on our constituents’ minds,” said Lavielle. “Many of those who took the time to join us today said that while they love Connecticut, they are deeply concerned about its future. They’d like to feel confident that they can look forward to retirement here, that their children can find jobs here, and that businesses can survive and grow here.
“But like many other state residents, who have shared their perspectives with us, they feel that important policy changes will be necessary for this to happen. As their representatives, we’ll continue to propose and fight for concrete measures aimed at restoring Connecticut’s financial health, repairing and upgrading its infrastructure, and improving its quality of life."