Fairfield legislators participate in League of Women Voters forum

The Fairfield state delegation gathered together Saturday morning, Jan. 9, for a legislative forum and breakfast hosted by the League of Women Voters of Fairfield.

Some of the topics discussed were Connecticut’s budget crisis, transportation priorities — including the Governor’s $100 billion proposal — and the looming decision by General Electric on whether to stay in Fairfield or leave for another state. The delegates — state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and state Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133) — gave attendees insight into their perspectives and prospective legislative outcomes.

The forum took place at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The 2016 legislative session begins on Feb. 3 and runs to May 4.

Rep. Kupchick said, “Connecticut is facing many difficult challenges. It’s important for me as a representative to share my legislative priorities but most importantly to listen to the ideas and concerns of our community as I head back to Hartford for the 2016 legislative session.”

The discussion was prompted by questions from the LVW forum moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Senator Hwang said, “GE’s possible relocation reflects the frustration of so many of our businesses and residents and we need to hear them loud and clear.  Disciplined fiscal leadership is critical. There has to be a balance between taxing and spending. Right now, we don’t have that at the State Capitol.”

Rep. Devlin said, “I really appreciate the League for organizing this event. There was a great turnout, and clearly much interest from residents in both sharing what was on their mind and hearing about our views on some of the key issues facing our state and our priorities for the upcoming session. We have a lot of work to do and hopefully we can make progress this session. ”

“Joining the League of Women voters and the residents of Fairfield was a welcome opportunity to share ideas and concerns.  Whatever challenges we face in the coming months and years, we know that it has to be the people of this state working together, legislators and residents, businesses and families, to agree upon sustainable solutions.  These opportunities to talk with one another are so valuable as we seek to do so,” Rep. McCarthy Vahey said.

Residents who were not able to attend can watch a video recording of the forum thanks to FairTV. That recording may be accessed at any time on FairTV’s On Demand site http://fairtv.pegcentral.com/

State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134), State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and state Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133).

State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134), State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and state Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133).

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