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Linda Orange

Running for State Representative

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Party: Democrat

CEP Status: participating


Age: 66

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Colchester

Current Job: State Representative

Previous Job: Public Health Clerk

Previous Job: Respiratory Therapist

Education: Respiratory Therapist Program, Hartford Hospital

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 agree with the decision to the extent that public schools need a reliable and sufficient source of state funding but felt other aspects of the decision were overreaching.
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?
How would you reduce the state employee pension liabilities and debt service, which together comprise 25% of the state's annual budget?
I agree with some of the preliminary findings of the recent Boston College study and will note that the benefit for today's employee is below the national average.
Does Connecticut have a revenue problem or a spending problem?
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 my caucus' efforts to champion paid medical family leave.
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 need to ensure reliable and sufficient funding to our community colleges, vocational tech schools and other educational opportunities that connect high skilled workers with good paying jobs.
What would you do as a state legislator to address the opioid epidemic in our state?
We passed groundbreaking legislation this year to help those currently struggling with opioid addiction and prevent new cases of addiction. We need to evaluate these new programs and continue to fund and monitor effective prevention and treatment programs.
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?
Who are you supporting for president and why?
Hillary Clinton because she is a remarkable civil servant, is amply experienced and capable to lead our country.