When I was elected in 2018, it was clear Connecticut had work to do to get its fiscal house in order. Throughout my four years in office, I have worked on and supported the tough legislation that got us to where we are today, including two biennial budgets, balanced and passed on time, and a Rainy-Day Fund that has exceeded its legal limits of just over $3 billion, allowing us to make significant payments toward our pension liabilities.
Connecticut is over-reliant on property taxes, so one of my jobs in the legislature is to protect Bethel and Danbury funding, so that your property taxes don’t go up. Some of the ways I’ve succeeded in this are:
- STOPPED the state’s plan to shift teacher pensions on to towns, saving each of our towns millions of dollars per year, which would have ultimately caused homeowners to pay more in property taxes each year, without getting any new services.
- Consistently supported town aid funding to keep local budgets from ballooning out of control, thereby keeping your property taxes down.
Another one of our challenges in Connecticut is high levels of income inequality: all the economic benefits from the last recovery went to the top income bracket. The pandemic has not been even-handed, either, with economically vulnerable communities hit much harder than others. As we craft future budgets, and rebuild our economy post-pandemic, we must create structures that make it possible for all of us to participate in that rebuilt economy. That means building the framework to create good, stable jobs, and ensuring access to healthcare, to a quality education, and housing.