In addition to all the public hearings and discussions on New Canaan's finances, local members of the state legislature will be in town Thursday to discuss Connecticut's economy.

The meeting is April 7 at Town Hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. State Senators Toni Boucher and L. Scott Franz along with State Rep. John Hetherington will be on hand to discuss how the proposed state budget may affect New Canaanites. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions.

"Our main goal is to really bring an understanding about what the governor's proposed budget will mean to people," Hetherington said a day after they held a similar meeting in Wilton.

"This is happening all over the state," he said about the meetings. "[Wilton] went well. We had around 50 or 60 people there asking questions and participating. It was productive."

Hetherington elaborated on what exactly he and his fellow legislators have planned for New Canaan.

"We're going to do a presentation on the budget, what the problems are, long-term deficit, and debt," he said. "We will also present some alternatives we might have to what the governor has proposed."

So while alternatives might be discussed, Hetherington cautioned that the meeting is not intended to be an attack on Gov. Malloy.

"We deliberately structured this meeting so as to not have it be an adversarial forum," he said. "We're coming to present the problems and see what people think."

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