Everywhere I go, people tell me they are frustrated and worried. Our national politics are in an unprecedented state, and so often, the news we hear about Connecticut is negative. I am running for reelection to the State Senate because in these uncertain times the people of the 14th district need an advocate who is on their side, someone who is independent-minded, works across the aisle, and always places the needs of our families and our communities first, without regard to politics or party.
Despite the challenges our state budget faces, I fought to ensure that each town in my district received additional state aid to help keep property taxes down for our families and our businesses. Here in Orange, I secured an additional $451,000 in state aid, which amounts to a half a mil reduction in your local property tax rate, without raising any new or existing taxes. In Woodbridge, we capped the car tax at 37 mils saving residents more than $237,000. We also ensured that state funding is in place for Beecher Road School. When Governor Malloy proposed a one million dollar cut in state funds to Milford Hospital and other community hospitals, I stood up to him to reverse those cuts, so our hospitals could continue providing high-quality health care. When he proposed cuts to mental health programs and social services to our families, I stood up to him to reverse those cuts. I will continue to lead the fight to protect veterans’ healthcare, housing, and employment in recognition of their service and sacrifice to our country.
I believe we need a strong private sector to grow our economy at a faster rate. That’s why I authored the first job creation tax-credit program in the state and supported the creation of the Small Business Express Program to help hundreds of businesses in our area grow. In Orange, I managed to secure state funds to develop Edison road, and after more than a decade of advocacy, we are finally seeing movement in the development of a train station in Orange that will help residents and businesses alike.
Of course, a first class education for our children is the building block on which our future depends. We must continue to fight for a system that works for our students and our teachers. As the Senate co-chair of Education, I fought to reduce the number of standardized tests our children take and focused instead on providing our kids with skills for life-long learning. I am proud to have revamped the laws to provide greater assistance for the 20% of our students who have dyslexia and other reading related disorders—basic reading skills by grade three puts our children on a path to future success.
As your neighbor and your State Senator, you can count on me to fight on your behalf. I will continue to be an independent voice for you, listening to your concerns and finding the solutions that work, instead of looking to advance a political agenda. I would be honored to earn your vote for reelection to the State Senate, and you can trust that I will put our communities first.