BRBC BLOG:BRBC and CBIA Legislative Wrap Up


June 26, 2019 - Bridgeport

BRBC and CBIA Legislative Wrap Up

More than 80 business and community leaders participated in a Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC), Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), and Housatonic Community College hosted panel discussion and networking event with Connecticut legislators following the close of the 2019 legislative and budget session.

Legislator panelists in attendance included: State Senator Dennis Bradley; State Representative Laura Devlin; State Representative Joe Gresko; State Senator Tony Hwang; State Representative Ben McGorty; State Representative Steven Stafstrom; State Representative David Rutigliano; and State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey.

The event, sponsored by AT&T and Cohen & Wolf P.C., was well received and sparked lively discussion about the many and varied results of the session as well as policies still to be addressed in special session. Discussion centered around tolls, the looming teacher and state employee pension crisis, new taxes going into effect, changes to home health care regulations, and work force development-preparation and advanced manufacturing.

Here are links to CBIA reports on many of the issues covered and more.

The BRBC encourages all members to invest time in reviewing all the links as these are the critical issues facing the business community in the state and the region.



Pictured above: Full panel and audience; Shannon King, Public Affairs Manager CBIA; State Senator Tony Hwang; Kelly Wade Bettuchi, Director, External Affairs, AT&T


Pictured above and below: Panel participants included State Representative Joe Gresko; State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey; State Representative Ben McGorty; State Representative David Rutigliano; State Representative Steven Stafstrom; State Representative Laura Devlin; State Senator Dennis Bradley; Michelle Rakebrand, Assistant Counsel, CBIA



Pictured above: Audience questions and comment from Jay Kiley, SYNERGY HomeCare; Tony Lopez, BPS, An Alera Group Company; Vincent Santilli, ABRI Homes for the Brave


Pictured above: Enjoying some levity amidst serious conversation about the state of the state are David Levine, Cohen & Wolf P.C.; Kate Hampford Donahue, Hampford Research Inc. and BRBC Board Chair; Unidentified guest; Ruben Noguiera, BPS, An Alera Group; and Tom Dillon, TBD Consulting

Photogaphy: Elias Rosario, American View Productions