I fully support finding ways to make more affordable housing choices available to our citizens. I am a member of my town’s Affordable Housing Commission, volunteering my time to make this a reality. In my work in this area, I have discovered that the affordable housing data used by the state is myth, not reality.
Connecticut has a big question: Are teachers essential workers?
First let me give a heartfelt thank you to the state’s essential workers – hospital personnel, nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, EMTs, grocery workers, etc. that have been at work serving Connecticut citizens without interruption since March. The biggest question facing Connecticut, right now, is will there be school in the fall?
Why won’t more governors reopen the states?
Certainly, no person has the right to knowingly deprive another person of their life by infecting them with a potentially deadly virus. However, since we don’t have adequate testing for people to know if they carry the infection asymptomatically, we have the risk that people may unknowingly spread the virus. The issue boils down to this question: Will people behave sensibly to protect themselves and their fellow citizens, or does virtually the entire population need to be locked down by the government to protect us all from those who would potentially act irresponsibly?
Tax law should treat pensions and 401k accounts the same
In 2017 the state legislature enacted legislation to give tax breaks to people receiving pension and annuity income — under $75,000 for singles and $100,000 for married couples. This began phasing in on January 1, 2019 and will eliminate income tax on those amounts in 2025.
Climate change denial or debt denial
Climate change is undoubtedly an issue to be concerned about and must be addressed, but when will Connecticut feel its effects to such an extent that the state becomes uninhabitable – 2100, 2200? We face a threat in the much nearer term in the form of the state’s de facto bankruptcy.