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Christine Conley

Running for State Representative

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Party: Democrat

CEP Status: participating

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Age: 36

Marital Status: married to Timothy Beebe

Current Residence: Groton

Current Job: Attorney, Law Office of Lori Comforti

Previous Job: Attorney

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Education: JD, Western New England University

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?
Funding of public school will be changing over the next months and years. CCJEF v. Rell is now with the State Supreme Court. When the Court releases its decision and the legislature takes up new funding methods, I will fight for proper funding of Groton and Ledyard’s schools.
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?
I will review specific legislation prior to voting and feel that financial reports are integral with legislation to subsidize the profitability of merchant generators.
How would you reduce the state employee pension liabilities and debt service, which together comprise 25% of the state's annual budget?
I strong support taking a look at old debts and refinancing to today’s low interest rates. That will free up substantial funds. I also support Comptroller Lembo’s Pension funding program which will save one billion dollars over the current methods.
Does Connecticut have a revenue problem or a spending problem?
Today, CT has both a revenue problem and 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?
Wages are necessary for life’s milestones such as the ability to spend time with a newborn and life’s crisis to take care of one’s own medical needs, that of a family member or parent. A plan will only have my support if it is drafted to protect costs and narrowed so that small business and companies can afford. As far as new workers, young workers, they are looking for jobs with FMLA. This will attract workers to CT.
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?
will work through the next budget session to keep community college affordable. I expect there to be federal regulation on community college funding and affordability. Our federal legislatures will also need to do their part to secure funding for CT.
What would you do as a state legislator to address the opioid epidemic in our state?
As an attorney, I have been at symposiums and meeting with doctors to discuss addiction for many years. Doctors are currently prescribing much less narcotics. This is before the new law that passed last session limiting prescriptions. This problem as it takes a village, we appreciate the help by police, the help by access to narcan and groups working to get individuals in recovery as all is necessary to deal with addiction. As a legislator, I will work to deal with insurance issues to make recovery more accessible.
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?
While I, and many residents are not in need of this access, I understand others do need access to a retirement fund. This new Act includes an opt out for those who do not need to or do not wish to participate and therefore is good law, providing payroll deductions for those residents who choose to participate.
Who are you supporting for president and why?
I am supporting Hillary Clinton for president based on her 40 years of public service protecting the needs of women children and working families.