How would you reduce the state employee pension liabilities and debt service, which together comprise 25% of the state's annual budget?
Refinance pension debt as proposed by the Comptroller and negotiate in good faith with unions for options that would reduce obligations in an equitable fashion particularly for new employees.
Does Connecticut have a revenue problem or a spending problem?
Much more of a revenue problem particularly in this recession. Spending should be reviewed as to new programs or programs not working, but funding must remain for education, safety net services and programs, and municipal aid.
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, we should look at options that provide leave and caregiving and try to find funding options that don't detriment small businesses.
What would you do as a state legislator to address the opioid epidemic in our state?
Reduce number of pills prescribed at any one time and shorten the prescriptive period, requiring medical exams periodically for renewals. Promote education.
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 should try to keep tuition affordable and consistent with other state colleges. We should have a forgiveness program for graduates who remain in CT working in targeted industries that strengthen CT's jobs and economy.
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?
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?
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?
Who are you supporting for president and why?
Hillary Clinton based on experience, temperment, and philosophic perspectives.
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