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Crowd Buzzes During Trumbull Legislative Coffee Hour

State Representatives Dave Rutigliano meets with residents in Trumbull.
State Representatives Dave Rutigliano meets with residents in Trumbull. Photo Credit: Contributed

TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Trumbull residents discussed state issues over coffee with State Reps. Dave Rutigliano, Laura Devlin and Ben McGorty on Saturday at Best Edibles Deli.

“Let’s be straight people are mad and they have a right to be mad, the Democrats in Hartford are outright hostile to business in our state," said Rutigliano. "Small businesses are the life bread of any state economy; they invest in a community and provide local employment, let’s stop the nonsense and treat them as partners not as the enemy. I want to thank each and every resident who joined us Saturday, your opinion matters and makes a difference.”

The representatives and residents discussed issues such as the state budget, the newly projected state deficit, GE leaving Connecticut, the current minimum wage and the possibility of an increased gas tax.

“Talking to Trumbull residents, I sensed a real frustration with the direction of our state," said Devlin. "I talked to a constituent who works at GE and he said his job is being moved to Norwalk, I told him this GE result did NOT have to happen. The majority party at the State Capitol refuses to acknowledge the state unfriendly to business. I want to reassure residents we are fighting for a better Connecticut and looking to move our state in a positive direction."

Local representatives of Community Addiction and Recovery Education and Support spoke with legislators about their services for families suffering from addiction.

“It was informative listening to the advocates of Community Addiction and Recovery Education and Support (CARES) about the state’s increasing struggles with opiate addiction and how we can all work together to stop this spreading epidemic," said Devlin.

“I appreciate the time everyone took to come out and meet with us to discuss the many issues facing our state, particularly the state of our economy and budget, as well as the critical state of transportation difficulties throughout Fairfield County," said McGorty. "This session will be a significant crossroads for Connecticut. It is an opportunity to change direction and make our economy thrive once again. To do that, we will need the kind of meaningful change that it is clear area residents are ready for."

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