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State Reps Tell Shelton Seniors How $1.5 Billion Deficit Affects Them

Reps. Perillo and McGorty with Phyllis Kupec, President of AARP are shown at the Shelton Senior Center where the lawmakers gave an update on how Connecticut's debt affects seniors.
Reps. Perillo and McGorty with Phyllis Kupec, President of AARP are shown at the Shelton Senior Center where the lawmakers gave an update on how Connecticut's debt affects seniors. Photo Credit: Contributed

SHELTON, Conn. -- A forum on how Connecticut's $1.5 billion deficit affects older residents packed the Shelton Senior Center on Wheeler Street last week.

State Reps. Jason Perillo (R-Shelton)  and Ben McGorty (R-Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull) discussed the topic and legislative session that began Jan. 4. The forum was sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons.

Perillo reviewed the debt's implications on seniors, particularly those getting ready to retire.

"Our seniors deserve to be able to retire in the same state they worked and raised families in, not forced out of state by high taxes and the fiscal mismanagement of state government.”

“The bad economic decisions of the last six years have hurt everyone in the state, especially our seniors,” Rep. McGorty said.

“Connecticut continues to be consistently rated as one of the worst states in the U.S. in which to retire. We need to take steps to correct that.”

Both politicians expressed hope that Republican membership in the House would push legislation like a measure both support that would remove personal income tax Connecticut charges on Social Security income, according to a release.

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