Second "Fiscal Sustainability" Forum Hosted in Southbury Delivers Expert Dialogue on Connecticut's Fiscal Challenges
The Waterbury Regional Chamber, in partnership with the MetroHartford Alliance and other public policy leaders, on May 13 presented the second in a series of 2014 programs focused on Connecticut's fiscal challenges and opportunities. "Fiscal Sustainability: Critical to Connecticut's Growth" saw its first program in Hartford earlier this year.
The May 13 event offered a two-part experience with expert presentations and a panel discussion. A partner with Secor, Cassidy & McPartland, PC, Don McPartland moderated the panel, which included State Senators Joan Hartley and Rob Kane. Joining them was Secretary Benjamin Barnes of the Connecticut Office of Policy Management; Keith Phaneuf, state budget reporter for The Connecticut Mirror
; and Spencer Cain, president of Cain Associates - also the former chief budget analyst of the State's nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis. Barnes, Cain and Phaneuf offered presentations focused on the fiscal issues that must be addressed to ensure Connecticut's future prosperity. Video from the event, courtesy of CT-N, follows here.
Dealing effectively with Connecticut's long-term obligations is critical to sustaining investments in education, transportation, and other elements of a strong economic and employment foundation. These issues will be a focus of the upcoming Gubernatorial and Legislative races. The MetroHartford Alliance, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, the Waterbury Regional Chamber, The Connecticut Mirror and the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century established this series as vehicle for voters to become more informed of issues that are critical to Connecticut's economic health. Webster Bank is the program series sponsor. Click here to download the speakers' presentations from the event.