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Diana Urban

Running for State Representative

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Party: Democrat

CEP Status: participating



Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: North Stonington

Current Job: Economic consultant

Previous Job: College professor

Previous Job: College administrator

Education: MS Urban and Policy Sciences

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?
Clearly we have a problem as we have the biggest achievement gap in the country But it is not just money that solves that! We need to recognize that the parent is the child's first teacher and support home visitations and pre school for at risk kids We also need to work on our learning environments Children learn differently and a more flexible approach is more successful and gets better outcomes In general we need to focus on the early years as well as on school climate and teaching techniques
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?
Reorganize and restructure our pension system going forward
Does Connecticut have a revenue problem or a spending problem?
We have an aversion to finding out what programs really work. Take a look at the Children's Report Card. ( to see how this can happen!!
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?
Absolutely. We had several proposals last session that I would bring back!
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 taught in our. Immunity College system. They fill such an important role in education and I support fully funding them Tge short term cost will be far outweighed by the long term benefits !
What would you do as a state legislator to address the opioid epidemic in our state?
Continue to educate our parents and youths as well as continue to restrict the length of prescriptions for young people
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?
Yes. Behavioral Economics says this is an excellent approach
Who are you supporting for president and why?