cting at the direction of the
CTCPA Board of Directors fol-
lowing deliberations by the Ad-
visory Council, the Society hosted two
"State of the State" member meetings
to address the current fiscal condition
of the state of Connecticut. President
Camille Murphy led the October 30
and December 13 meetings, which
drew volunteers from all around the
state, from both industry and public
The group was asked to participate in
designing and implementing a strate-
gic plan to educate various publics, in-
cluding Connecticut voters and elect-
ed officials alike, as to the severity of
Connecticut's fiscal situation and the
potential short- and long-term rami-
fications thereof. The CTCPA leader-
ship believes it is essential that Con-
necticut voters are made aware of the
state's financial situation before the
Among those participating in the ef-
fort is former comptroller general of
the United States (and CTCPA mem-
ber) David Walker.
"Connecticut is a [fiscal] basketcase,"
Walker told the group. "We come in
50th out of the 50 states in most [eco-
nomic] categories ... if dramatic funda-
mental changes do not take place in
the next several years," he continued,
"you're going to hear a giant sucking
sound as people leave Connecticut
but there's still time to turn it around, if
we act now."
The public education campaign is al-
ready ramping up. On December 10,
CTCPA Past President Marcia Marien
and Executive Director Art Renner
gave a joint presentation entitled "Con-
necticut's State and Local Government
Crisis: Fixing Our Future" to about 150
members of the Estate and Business
Planning Council of Hartford.
Society Ramps Up
CTCPA Past President Marcia Marien and CTCPA Executive Director
Art Renner give a joint presentation of "Connecticut's State and Local
Government Crisis: Fixing Our Future" to about 150 members of the
Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford.
CTCPA President Camille Murphy (standing, back right) leads a group discussion on how to most effectively educate
the public about the state's serious fiscal condition at the December 13 "State of the State" member meeting.
The CTCPA leadership believes it is essential that Connecticut
voters are made aware of the state's financial situation
before the 2014 elections.
To join the planning
initiative or for more
Mark Zampino at