BRIDGEPORT - Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) held the first of several town hall meetings in Bridgeport tonight to discuss his budget proposal.

More than 200 residents packed the City Hall Annex, looking for answers about the state's fiscal issues. They confronted Malloy with tough questions about his plan to raise taxes in order to alleviate a $3.2 billion deficit.

Some residents also expressed anger about proposed programs, including the earned income tax credit. Stratford resident Irena Kandybowitz said she recently lost her job and simply wants a little help.

Malloy defended his proposal, saying it created the framework for changing Connecticut into a job producing state once again.

The governor's next meetings will be held in the coming months in Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk.

VIDEO: State budget town hall meeting