Tuesday, February 02, 2016
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today announced that in the coming weeks they will launch another series of town hall forums to discuss a wide variety of the state's issues face-to-face with residents, with a particular focus on the budget.
The Governor and Lt. Governor have held several dozen of these types of public assemblies since first taking office in 2011, fielding hundreds of questions on any range of topics and allowing constituents to voice their concerns. He is the only Governor is recent Connecticut history to hold these types of forums, starting a new tradition of directly speaking with the public that he believes was overdue.
As occurred in previous years, this town hall series will reach all sections of the state. While some events may be about specific topics, others may be wide-ranging and all encompassing. The budget is expected to be a central focus.
The governor also plans to conduct tele-town halls as well as appear on radio stations in a format conducive to taking questions from listeners.
"Engaging the public and discussing the issues directly is important. We'll be talking a lot about the future, and how state government can adapt to changing times," Governor Malloy said. "We all have the same goal - let's help Connecticut achieve economic success, let's ensure that residents receive the critical services they need, and let's do what we can to make our communities stronger. We plan on having a robust conversation about how we can make decisions that will best improve Connecticut."
"Everyone has a voice in shaping our future. While the Governor and I enjoy visiting communities throughout the state, these town hall meetings give us a chance to delve deeper into complex issues, answer questions from residents, and offer a direct connection to state programs and services," Lt. Governor Wyman said. "It's an opportunity for us to spend time in a city or town and hear concerns, and for citizens to help inform the policy-making that happens in Hartford. It's one of the great benefits of democracy that we can talk directly to government leaders - I urge everyone to participate."
Dates and locations for the series will be announced during the coming days and weeks as each of the events are scheduled. It is anticipated that the forums will run throughout this year's legislative session.