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Eric Coleman

Running for State Senate

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Party: Democrat, Working Families Party

CEP Status: participating

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Age: 65

Marital Status: married

Current Residence: Bloomfield

Current Job: Attorney

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Education: UConn Law 1977; Columbia Univ. 1973

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?
The inconsistent and unequal quality of education being provided from school district to school district throughout the state is the number-one issue regarding public education.
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 would require that all scheduled contributions to the retirement system actually be made, I would refinance any indebtedness and place a cap on bonding from year to year.
Does Connecticut have a revenue problem or a spending problem?
According to at least two rating agencies, Connecticut has a revenue problem and is ignoring likely sources of revenue.
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?
Yes. I would support a system or program providing for paid 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?
I would commission a review of proposals of those advocating tuition free college education to determine if any are viable for our community college system.
What would you do as a state legislator to address the opioid epidemic in our state?
I would take steps to better regulate prescriptions for drugs and expand access to treatment for drug addiction.
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?
I am supporting Hillary Clinton for president because she is the more progressive candidate and because she is much more qualified and prepared to lead our country and to bring it together.