Panel discussion: Taxing Away Connecticut’s Future

Greenwich’s First Selectman’s Economic Advisory Committee will sponsor a panel discussion on “Taxing Away Connecticut’s Future” at the Greenwich Library, Sunday Nov. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Moderated by Larry Kudlow, CNBC host of the Kudlow Report, panelists will include Scott Frantz, CT State Senator representing Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan since 2008; Ned Lamont, Businessman, Former Greenwich Selectman, candidate for Governor of CT; Carol Platt Liebau, Yankee Institute President, Commentator newsprint and broadcast media; and Suzanne Bates, Yankee Institute Director of Research.

The EAC, Greenwich’s Economic Advisory Committee, is tasked with providing the First Selectman with insights on why businesses are attracted and choose to locate in Greenwich. Its recent survey sought opinions from existing business to gain an understanding of what could cause key Town employers to leave. Interviewees responded that rapidly rising taxes and the permitting process could tip the balance in favor of their firm’s departures.

To ensure that Greenwich remains an attractive place for one of its major business sectors, financial services companies, to be headquartered, the EAC has organized a panel discussion to focus on factors that impact CT and Greenwich economy. This is the Committee’s first of a series of signature events on driving Greenwich’s economic health and growth.

During Sunday’s discussion, Kudlow will draw out panelists on such topics as CT’s budgeting and spending, how the national perception of CT business climate and state’s ranking as a residence for retirees impacts Fairfield County; and, suggestions of actions that can be taken. Senator Frantz’ legislative experience, Mr. Lamont’s insights as a politician and businessman, Ms. Liebau’s immersion in policy and Ms. Bates’ expertise as a journalist, researcher, promise a lively exchange.

Thinking the topic of taxes would be a good introduction for its signature speaker series, the EAC looks forward to inviting speaker panels to the community to continue a thoughtful exploration of the future of Connecticut.

Members of the First Selectman’s Economic Advisory Committee:
James Aiello, President, MAC Advisors, real estate advisory firm;
Nicholas Barile, President and Founder York Construction & Development of Old Greenwich;
Christine Georgopulo, owner of Arthur Murray, Grande Ballroom of Greenwich
Tamara Ketler, Founder of Greenwich-based TMK Sports and Entertainment;
Jay Madia, Head of Equities, PartnerRe Asset Management;
Marcia O’Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greenwich Chamber of Commerce; Kathy O’Malley, Owner, Hoagland’s, a Greenwich Avenue shopping institution;
James Ritman, Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank, a global real estate advisory firm Paul Settelmeyer, Chair, Plan of Conservation & Development Transportation Cmte, RTM
Sabine Schoenberg, Real Estate Agent and former RTM member;
Catherine Sidor, Consultant, Cultural & Economic Development Growth;
Leonard Szczesny, President, Senior Partner, S.E. Minor & Co.;
Scott Weiner, General Manager statewide, Roto-Rooter Services Co.

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