GREENWICH, Conn. Greenwich's state legislators got together at a forum Tuesday to discuss such constituent concerns as the environment, the state's credit rating, changes to Education Cost Sharing, pension funding and the election law.
This was a wonderful opportunity to hear concerns and update our neighbors on the issues coming up in the 2012 legislative session, said State Rep. Livvy Floren. We all agree that increased voter participation is a laudable goal. Broadening the criteria to allow someone to vote by absentee ballot would be a great step to increase people's ability to participate in elections.
Floren, along with State Sen. Scott Frantz and State Reps. Lile Gibbons and Fred Camillo, participated in a legislative forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich.
Gibbons addressed residents' concerns over changes in the states Education Cost Sharing grant, which is designed to provide equal educational opportunity by creating a funding formula based on student need and a towns ability to pay for education.
"I appreciate all the ways that the League connects engaged citizens to facts, research and experts on the issues, said Gibbons. I am sure that those in attendance were not aware of all the different factors considered when developing a towns share of education money, and how adjusting the formula may possibly lessen the money that comes back to Greenwich. We will not know any final decisions to change the ECS formula until the panel reports in October."
When asked about the budget, Frantz said there is no immediate solution, but we must seriously consider proposals that will put our state back on the path to fiscal solvency.
The need for water programs and restricting the placement of cell towers were some of residents' top environmental concerns.
I certainly want to make sure future policies protect our waterways, marshland and open space, said Camillo. I am proud to say that I grew up on the Mianus River and promoting green practices and greater awareness will allow us to preserve these natural resources for generations to come.
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