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Eva Bermudez Zimmerman

Running for State Representative

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Party: Democrat, Working Families Party

CEP Status: participating

Website: www.evafornewtown.com

Age: 29

Marital Status: M

Current Residence: Sandy Hook

Current Job: Organizer at CSEA

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Education: B.A.

Do you believe public schools in Connecticut require an essential makeover, as outlined by Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher's decision in September? What, in your opinion, is the number-one issue regarding public education in the state?
I believe that the reliance on property tax as the main funding mechanism for education funding is at best antiquated and puts too heavy a burden on what is already a regressive tax structure. We need state and regional education cost sharing.
Will you oppose legislation that will require utility customers to subsidize the profitability of merchant generators, such as the Millstone nuclear power plant, unless those merchant generators demonstrate the need to their customers and the state with financial reports that show their actual loss in profits?
Yes
How would you reduce the state employee pension liabilities and debt service, which together comprise 25% of the state's annual budget?
We must meet our obligations to state retirees and future retirees. We must continue to fund our pension system in a manner that ensures its existence into the future.
Does Connecticut have a revenue problem or a spending problem?
We have a revenue problem that is coupled with the need to regionalize and grow our tax base. It is very clear that austerity budgeting does not work.
Would you support laws that provide for family leave or other workplace flexibility for employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes? What proposals would you champion to help family caregivers who are balancing a career and family obligations or health emergencies?
I support the PFMLA bill that was introduced last session and testified in favor.
Community College students recently won a reprieve but are facing the possibility of a significant tuition hike. What are you planning to do to ensure that community college remains an affordable option for families?
We must strive to make public higher education more affordable. We must work to make state community college free and reduce the reliance on tuition as a high proportion of university operating expenses. Insourcing and revenue options must be on the table
What would you do as a state legislator to address the opioid epidemic in our state?
Treatment for users Proper training and tools for 1st responders
Today, over 600,000 residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, will you commit to supporting the newly passed Connecticut Retirement Security Act that will provide these workers with access to private payroll deduction IRA accounts?
Yes
Who are you supporting for president and why?
I supported Sen Sanders in the primary and am supporting Sec Clinton in the General Election