Seniors
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Seniors

Our Seniors Built This Community

Seeing the different groups of citizens that have been forgotten during these trying times, should be a focus, like seniors having to be isolated even more than they had been before the pandemic. How do we move forward to make sure they are assisted, other than the wonderful volunteers that have reached out to personally assist a number of them? There are so many more than don’t have the support – socially and financially. We need to have a program put in place to always protect and help the seniors in their golden years.

I would support creating more programs for the Seniors that have worked all their lives, yet still have difficulty with paying their bills. Tax relief program, cable subsidies and transportation options that are presently open to only those on welfare.

Anything we presently offer to welfare recipients should be available to seniors that have retired but still need help. The difference is that the seniors that worked contributed money throughout their lives to support our State government and it’s time for them to be supported.

Education
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Education

Using Taxpayer Money Wisely

The quality of education we provide the youth dictates the direction and the quality of life we will see in the future. Ignoring the importance of education denies the impact the next generation has on what is currently being cultivated.

Without caring for the intellectual well-being of youths, we are abandoning a proactive approach to bettering our current situation.

As a Former Board of Education member, I would support doing Forensic Audits on all Boards of Education across the State to ensure that all the monies paid by their respective citizens and grants that are contributed are being used wisely.

At present, when the Board of Education’s budgets are the biggest fiduciary responsibility of almost every town, we will be able to use taxpayer dollars more responsibly. Transparency. I want to ensure that money allocated for education is used to better the lives of students, keeping classes a manageable size for teachers and providing support for extracurricular enrichment. Our education system’s main goal is not just to pass a test, it is to bring out intellectual curiosity and excitement in all.

Term Limits
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Term Limits

No More Political Monopolies

I support term limits. The Founding Fathers did not intend for elected officials to make it an occupation for life. It was intended to bring people together to make government work efficiently for the citizens, then return to their real jobs when not in session. The present system allows for bills to be dragged on for years, since the politicians know they can keep campaigning for their positions. If there were term limits, free ideas could be brought into the system and there would be more of a sense of urgency to complete their work and less chance of cronyism with contracts. Term limits provides for more transparency to the public they serve.

Term limits curb the potential of a political monopoly and prevent stagnation. Typically, the longer a politician is distanced from the life of their constituents, the less likely they are to appropriately represent the current state of affairs.

Quick Facts:

    • FDR was the first and only president to serve more than two terms. Passed by Congress in 1947, and ratified by the states on February 27, 1951, the Twenty-Second Amendment limits an elected president to two terms in office, a total of eight years.
    • Currently, only 15 legislatures in the United States have term limits. The longest term limit being 16 years total in the House or the Senate, enacted by the Arkansas General Assembly, after the 2014 election.
Fiscal Responsibility
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Fiscal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility = Fiscal Accountability

We have needed fiscal responsibility in the State of Connecticut for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has just exacerbated the financial situation here in Connecticut. The everyday person has experienced uncertainty and the stress of losing their jobs has put us in a unique position which no one has ever seen before.

We need to have accountability from every department in our State government. Just as you, the taxpayers and citizens have to budget for these uncertain times in order to run your households, the State of Connecticut needs to be accountable for every penny we have contributed to the State’s coffers. Forensic Audits. I would also support going forward a zero-based budget where all departments would have to build their budgets, not based on what they were given in the past, but real dollars that are needed and justified to run the specific departments. We need to look for waste in spending and either eliminate it or put it to better use.

How can we fix the problem without us taxpayers having to make up for the increasing deficits that have been added to our negative cash flow in operating the State?

Governments Can Be Held Accountable Through:

    • Information
    • Evaluation
    • Increased Public Participation

Fiscal Responsibility Has Been Defined As…

An agreed set of policies, processes, or arrangements intended to improve fiscal outcomes, discipline, transparency, and accountability by requiring governments to commit to monitor-able fiscal policy objectives and strategies.

Representing The People Means Representing Their Interests

How can we spend, budget, and save in ways that benefit public interest? We need to reevaluate our current system of excessive taxation and frivolous spending.