Priorities for 2017 Legislative Session

January 10, 2017

The General Assembly will face many challenges in this year's legislative session.

Fiscal Accountability:

This is a top priority in 2017 -- bringing stability to Connecticut’s finances. The effort to balance the state budget may seem daunting, but it is achievable. It will take hard work and compromise. We can succeed by streamlining state government, providing expected services efficiently and making critical adjustments to pension funding.

Other priorities include:

Providing our technical schools with the tools needed to ensure student success

Making higher education more affordable

Supporting small businesses so they can expand and create good-paying jobs

Finding ways to reduce the burden of property taxes on hard-working families

Creating an atmosphere in state government that is responsive, transparent and accountable to the needs of Connecticut residents

This report by the Office of Legislative Research provides more details on issues facing the legislature.

If you would like to talk about issues or other concerns, please feel free to contact me at the capitol at (800) 842-8267 or by email at


Joe Serra