HARTFORD, Conn. -- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-Fairfield and Trumbull) and David Rutigliano (R-Trumbull) offered a message to small business owners and manufacturers at the annual Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s "Business Day" at the State Capitol: hold lawmakers accountable for the actions they take and proposals they advocate for in Hartford.
Both Devlin and Rutigliano participated in a panel discussion with other Fairfield County legislators and members of the Fairfield county business community, where business owners raised questions about the future of Connecticut’s economy and the steps the legislature will take to stimulate growth for small businesses.
As they fielded questions about current proposals at the Capitol, most lawmakers conceded that pro-business initiatives had been outpaced by anti-business proposals pushed in other legislative committees.
Rutigliano, however, encouraged the panel’s audience to become even more active in the legislative process, urging those in the room, as well as their employees, to hold elected officials accountable for the votes they make.
“We fight bad business legislation every day at the State Capitol,” he said. “These dreadful proposals will in the end ultimately depress and hurt the wages of our Connecticut’s workforce and must be stopped.”
For her part, Devlin chided lawmakers who do not live up to the promises they make to their constituents.
“Elected officials are famous for saying one thing in their districts, then coming here and doing something completely different,” she said. “The legislature, as a whole, needs to have a message sent to it. Leave small business alone.”