group of CTCPA members, con-
cerned about Connecticut's dire
fiscal situation, has spent the
past several months developing a tar-
geted plan to educate the public and
legislators about the hard facts sur-
rounding the Nutmeg state's unsus-
tainable spending and debt.
According to the annual financial
statements of the state of Connecticut,
the state had about $64 billion in total
liabilities and unfunded promises as
of June 30, 2012. Approximately $46
billion of that related to unfunded pen-
sion and retiree healthcare promises.
These debts have been growing for
some 20 years, and there is no simple
In addition, Connecticut ranks at or near
the bottom of all 50 states in several
financial and competitiveness statistics.
Working with feedback from the CTCPA
Advisory Council and Board of Direc-
tors, the group is finalizing a collection
of "Save Our State" materials includ-
ing an elevator speech, PowerPoint
presentation, potential advertisements,
and one-page summary of the groups
at risk if the current trajectory continues.
The "Save Our State" meetings, fa-
cilitated by CTCPA President Camille
Murphy, are open to all members.
Plans are in motion to begin a speakers
bureau of members willing to speak to
organizations or media outlets seeking
more information on the state's finan-
cial situation. Public speaking training
By Kirsten Piechota, Managing Editor
CTCPA member Pamela Weaver presents draft "Save Our State" educational materials at the January
state fiscal crisis outreach planning meeting.
Members Develop `Save Our State'
Fiscal Crisis Public Education Campaign
If we act today, we can save tomorrow.