Flexer appointed vice-chair of state's Appropriations Committee
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Regional - posted Mon., Jan. 14, 2013
With her appointment as vice-chair of the Appropriations Committee last week, state Rep. Mae Flexer (D-44) joins 12 senators and 43 representatives as they craft a new state budget for the next two years. “I’m honored Speaker-designate Sharkey has put his faith in me during what will be another difficult year to craft a state budget,” Flexer said. “It's going to be a challenge given that the state is facing a $1.2 billion deficit. We're going to have to look very critically at how the state spends its resources and make some tough decisions.”
Gov. Dannel Malloy will present his budget to the General Legislature on Feb. 6. From there, the Appropriations Committee will spend several weeks holding public hearings on the governor's proposed budget. Those public hearings will begin on Monday, Feb. 11. The budget will be divided into sections and hearings will be held on each section. When the public hearing process is complete, the 55-member Appropriations Committee will craft its own budget proposal.
“I'm tremendously excited about this opportunity,” said Flexer. “I think it’s a great opportunity for northeastern Connecticut. I'm concerned about protecting the municipal aid that Killingly and Plainfield get. I'm concerned about making sure that we maintain the safety net that so many people in Killingly and Plainfield rely upon. But when you're looking at the size of the deficit, you have to be concerned about priorities.”
The House chair of the Appropriations Committee, state Rep. Toni Walker (D-93), said, "I am looking forward to working closely with Mae Flexer. She is someone who can bridge gaps and work across party lines to find solutions."
Sharkey also named Flexer to his leadership team as an assistant majority leader. “Mae has demonstrated the drive needed to excel in these leadership positions,” he said.
For more information, go to www.cga.ct.gov. Click on Committees to find the public hearing agenda for the Appropriations Committee.