MILFORD >> State Reps. Pam Staneski, R-119, and Charles Ferraro, R-117, spoke with their constituents Monday morning over coffee at the Athenian Diner.

“In order to fix our state’s problem, I want to hear from the people who sent me Hartford,” Staneski said.

Discussion topics included the state budget and the newly projected state deficit, the worsening problem of Connecticut’s long-term pension debt, and the prospect of tolls being constructed in the state.

“I came ready to listen, and their message is clear: We need real changes to the way we conduct the state’s business not more of the same,” Staneski said.

Ferraro said it was “more important than ever that residents express their concerns.”

“We certainly have our work cut out for us this legislative session,” said Ferraro.

“I will continue to be a strong voice for my constituents and will fight throughout this next session to create a sustainable and predictable state government that we can trust again,” he said.