Would you vote for a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana? Why or why not?
Lean towards a No because I held forums in District which clearly raised awareness of the negative impacts to our society
How should the state balance the needs of vulnerable populations with the reality of another large budget deficit?
We must delve deep into all Department and Commission budgets to find the abuses and eliminate top heavy administrations, Audit and ferret out fraud in all Social Service programs and reopen all collective bargaining agreements to find efficiencies. There are dollars that can be redirected to assist vulnerable populations already in the budget if we properly manage what we have.
A recent report found 40 percent of Connecticut residents can't afford basic needs such as housing, food, health care, or child care. What would you do to improve their situation?
Address the unfriendly business regulations and unfunded mandates on municipalities, reduce fees and taxes on business, create education opportunities for more technical and trades students to fill the jobs we have openings for. Build the economy and create opportunity so there are jobs for everyone who wants to work.
Will you support top-down efforts to regionalize local services with an eye toward more efficiency and reducing the state's obligations regarding ECS and/or other funding for towns? How would you go about it?
Most well run municipalities already are saying, leave us alone, tell us when you are going to stop funding us and let us plan for it. Stop unfunded mandates and we can manage our selves. There may be some benefits in some forms of Regionalization which should be considered, the risk is doing blanket Regionalization simply builds a bigger state bureaucracy and adds more layers of staff and administration.
Where and how should state government focus its efforts in order to grow jobs?
Working with businesses and the Universities and Technical schools
Would you support legislation to "ban the box," prohibiting employers from asking the question about criminal convictions on a job application?
Based on estimates that out-of-state drivers would contribute 30-40% of overall revenue if highway tolls are implemented in Connecticut, would you support tolls with or without offsetting cuts in the state's gas taxes?
Eversource and some out-of-state entities appear to be attempting to buy control of Connecticut's water resources, and some of our quasi-public water agencies have signed away large amounts of water to commercial interests with little regard to future water shortages. What can you do to ensure that Connecticut residents maintain control of public water supplies in perpetuity?
I will closely watch this issue going forward and listen to my constituents.
Much of Connecticut is economically and racially segregated because many towns lack affordable housing and local zoning regulations prohibit multi-family dwellings. How would you propose incentivizing municipalities to start allowing multi-family units and other affordable housing options?
Provide education within municipalities to help over come myths and demonstrate the advantages these families bring to the communities.
How should the state address disparities in the Education Cost Sharing formula? What specific modifications would you suggest, if any?
We can start by using the present formulas without exceptions.
Should the government's response to the opioid crisis be to focus on law enforcement to stop drug dealers, or improving access to treatment for addiction and reducing the overprescription of painkillers?
All the above
In 2016 the Connecticut Retirement Security Program was created. It will give over 600,000 residents in our state 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, how will you continue the implementation of this important program?
I believe this program was a failure from the start and the funding of the study would have been better spent on education of the employers and employees.
There are many financial service industry products and service already available. It is also self serving to the State because it uses the Roth IRA rules and Ct gets to collect income tax on the contributions.
The 459,000 family caregivers in Connecticut provide an estimated 427 million hours of care each year. Nationwide, nearly seven in ten caregivers report making work accommodations because of caregiving, including arriving late/leaving early, cutting back their hours, changing jobs, or stopping work entirely. Would you support a family leave law that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes?
No, This would be another unfunded mandate on small employers many of who are already making accommodations for these employees. Employers would have to hire replacement workers placing extra costs to meet obligations. This will cause more businesses to leave CT. Families historically have cared for their loved ones.
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