State Representative District 107

Stephen Harding

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Kerri Colombo

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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.)
What can be done to improve the business climate in Connecticut while COVID-19 continues to be a risk?
What specific legislation would you support to reduce racism in Connecticut?
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?
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?
Similar to programs like teach across America, we need to invite students to have the cost of higher education or technical school covered in return for them living and working in CT for 5-10 years depending on the cost of education. This encourages graduates to lay down roots, start their businesses and create jobs in CT, while also creating a more competitive market and force costs down for those learning institutions that people will otherwise pay privately for.
What is one specific policy you support to help protect African Americans as an at-risk group during the pandemic?
We must address the inequity we know to exist in Connecticut. We must create an equitable system for access to quality responsive healthcare. We must ensure that our children receive an equitable education with the provision of tools needed for remote learning and the social and educational support to achieve their goals.
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?
We need to create a state level Pandemic Preparedness unit of experts in science, health, medicine, education and the economy who will help guide us during this pandemic and in the event of a threat of a pandemic in the future. We need to ensure access to affordable health care that protects our residents from illnesses every day.
How can Connecticut lower healthcare costs while also improving quality and access to care?
We need to create a state level insurance buy in system that ensures access to quality affordable healthcare so people don't have to choose between care and cost.