State Representative District 136

Catherine Walsh

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Party: Republican

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Jonathan Steinberg

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Party: Democrat

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Website: www.jonathansteiberg.org

Age: 64

Marital Status: married to Nancy, with three daughters: Rachel, Margot and Charlotte

Current Residence: Westport

Current Job: legislator

Previous Job: SVP Marketing/Communications, Jewish Home Lifecare, NYC

Previous Job: Executive Director, Marketing/Communications, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC

Education: B.A. Yale University, M.B.A. NYU Stern School of Business, CT Teaching Certificate, ARC Program, Dept. of Education

Connecticut’s revenues will sharply decline as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and, unlike Congress, Connecticut has a balanced budget requirement. What changes would you make to balance the budget? (If you want cuts, be specific what will be cut. If you want to raise taxes, be specific about which taxes.)
Rainy Day Fund will cover most of short-term deficit but hoping that economy will rebound to address ongoing shortfalls.
What can be done to improve the business climate in Connecticut while COVID-19 continues to be a risk?
An infrastructure jobs program modeled on the old federal WPA. Could create good-paying jobs in transportation, energy, water and housing infrastructure.
What specific legislation would you support to reduce racism in Connecticut?
Likely support police accountability legislation. Will judge other bills on the merits.
With so much uncertainty ahead about COVID-19, how would you ensure that the people's business – both at the legislature and in all of our elections – will be conducted effectively, and with full participation, in the safest possible manner for the foreseeable future?
Looks like Zoom-type meetings will continue for some time. We need to find way for public to participate in hearings. Fully support expansion of mail-in ballots so citizens can vote safely.
With higher education facing major changes because of the pandemic, what steps will you take to make sure that Connecticut’s residents have access to college and/or other job training that won’t leave them tens of thousands of dollars in debt?
Tuition-free community college is the goal -- as long as we can figure out how to pay for it. Infrastructure initiative will require job training.
What is one specific policy you support to help protect African Americans as an at-risk group during the pandemic?
Support acknowledging that racism is a public health emergency.
What should Connecticut do to re-tool our public health for COVID-19 and the possibility of future pandemics, while also addressing other chronic illnesses that put people at risk every day?
Telehealth; investment in nursing home and congregate facilities, particularly HVAC systems; shift more spending to healthcare
How can Connecticut lower healthcare costs while also improving quality and access to care?
Expand use of Telehealth; negotiating drug prices for HUSKY insured; support caps on insulin prices.