HARTFORD — State Sen. Joseph Crisco, Jr. (D-17) was recently appointed to the legislature’s Appropriations Committee.
He was notified of the appointment by Senate President Donald Williams, Jr. (D-29).
“This is a great honor that comes with enormous responsibilities,” said Crisco in a press release. “I’m grateful to Sen. Williams for recognizing my expertise on fiscal matters as chair of the Insurance Committee and vice chair of the Banks and Commerce committees. I look forward to adding my perspective to the vigorous debates we will surely have this session on some of the most salient issues facing our state.”
Williams described Crisco as “a knowledgeable and dedicated legislator.”
“His experience and understanding of the state budget will be an asset to the Appropriations Committee,” Williams said in the release.
The Appropriations Committee consists of 11 senators and 45 representatives. It has cognizance over all matters pertaining to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies. Other issues within its purview include state employees’ salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers’ retirement, veterans’ pensions and collective bargaining agreements.
“The legislature’s capacity for spurring job creation and creating a pro-small business environment is inextricably linked with state spending,” Crisco said in the release. “We need to strike a fine balance by keeping our fiscal house in order, and also making critical investments that lead to long-term growth and prosperity. This is a challenge I am eager to take on in my new role.”