State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo Tuesday launched what he is calling a “virtual roundtable” to gain residents’ insights into policy debates and questions.

The comptroller said he would pose questions regularly through two sites: on Facebook at “Comptroller Kevin Lembo” and on the Office of the State Comptroller’s website at www.osc.ct.gov.

“The virtual roundtable is about promoting and provoking direct public involvement and debate in government — pure democracy,” Lembo said. “Policies and laws should not be made in a vacuum. This is an invitation to all Connecticut residents to take the floor and have their say on real policy issues as they’re being developed.”

The first question, posted today, tackles the concept of providing tax credits and other financial expenditures to entice businesses to locate or expand in the state.

Future questions will likely cover a variety of topics, including the economy, health care, energy, according to the comptroller.

Participants can endorse ideas by “liking” Lembo’s facebook page, contributing to the comments section, or by emailing Lembo directly at comptroller.lembo@po.state.ct.us.

“I can’t promise that I’ll always agree — or that all ideas will be adopted — but I can promise that I will be listening and considering all input carefully with an open mind.”

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Keith M. PhaneufState Budget Reporter

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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