Connecticut’s revenues will sharply decline as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and, unlike Congress, Connecticut has a balanced budget requirement. What changes would you make to balance the budget? (If you want cuts, be specific what will be cut. If you want to raise taxes, be specific about which taxes.)
Eliminate outsourcing and overtime. The sate has a no layoff agreement with the Union so the only way to cut cost is the use the state workers more efficiently and bring outsourced work in to keep them employed. This is similar to what businesses do to keep their work force during hard times.
What should Connecticut do to re-tool our public health for COVID-19 and the possibility of future pandemics, while also addressing other chronic illnesses that put people at risk every day?
Maintain adequate supply of PPE. Protect the vulnerable population.
How can Connecticut lower healthcare costs while also improving quality and access to care?
Encourage healthy life stile. Improve the economy. Successful people have less stress and better health.
What can be done to improve the business climate in Connecticut while COVID-19 continues to be a risk?
The economy can only thrive with less state control and lower taxes.
With so much uncertainty ahead about COVID-19, how would you ensure that the people's business – both at the legislature and in all of our elections – will be conducted effectively, and with full participation, in the safest possible manner for the foreseeable future?
Vote in person. It is safer than going shopping and it is more accurate than mail. I know this because I have been a election official. I was in charge at one polling station during the primary during covid-19.
With higher education facing major changes because of the pandemic, what steps will you take to make sure that Connecticut’s residents have access to college and/or other job training that won’t leave them tens of thousands of dollars in debt?
Only spend what you can afford and make sure you get adequate return on your investment. That is done by use of community college, online study and learning while you earn programs through your employer. I got an associates degree, than an BS at Iowa state U. and then Pratt and Whitney payed for my BS in Mechanical Engineering. I had a vary small debt after all that education.
What specific legislation would you support to reduce racism in Connecticut?
No legislation. The existing legitimization is adequate to protect against discrimination. What we need is a better economy that provides more opportunity. Then people can work together instead of using race or gender as a why to put one person down so another can prosper. The government can not legislate morality.
What is one specific policy you support to help protect African Americans as an at-risk group during the pandemic?
Vitamin D, Zinc and Vitamin C. CDC has shown that the darker your skin the more deficient you are in these immunity building nutriments.
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