Constituent Survey 2018

Thank you for the honor of representing you in the General Assembly. In order to best fight for your interests at the Capitol, I need to know what you’re thinking about the issues facing Connecticut.

That’s why, each year, I send you this legislative survey. This survey keeps me up to date on the concerns and issues that most affect your day-to-day life, so that I can better serve you. So please take a moment to fill out this survey.

As always, don’t hesitate to write, e-mail, or call to share your ideas and opinions about state issues. Getting to hear from you is my favorite part of the job. And if you’re ever at the Capitol in Hartford, let me know. I love when Danbury folks visit.

What concerns you and your family the most?
Casino Expansion
The Mohegan and Pequot tribes have exclusive rights to casino gambling under a compact with Connecticut. The state gets 25% of the gross revenue from slot machines. MGM, which is opening a casino in Springfield, MA, wants to open a casino in Bridgeport. If allowed, the compact would be broken, and the state loses the slot money - hundreds of millions of dollars each year (MGM claims they’ll make up for it). Should Connecticut break the compact and permit more casinos in Connecticut?
Got an idea for a state law? Tell me about it:
Every so often, I find myself saying “there ought to be a law.” Now is your chance to suggest a bill that the legislature should consider. What are your ideas for what we should be working on at the Capitol?
Investing in Transportation Infrastructure
Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund (STF), which pays for all transportation projects, currently receives all gas and fuel tax revenue, some motor vehicle fines, and federal money. But as fuel efficiency rises, revenue is dropping. Electric vehicles use the roads, but pay nothing into the STF. It’s bad: the STF could go into deficit as soon as July, 2018, and be bankrupt by 2020. This means construction would stop, rail and bus fare would climb, and congestion on the highways would worsen. How would you vote to deal with this problem? You may choose more than one:
What is the most serious problem facing our neighborhood?
Balancing The Budget: State spending & program cuts during a budget deficit
If you were voting on the state budget, would you vote to spend less, spend the same, or spend more on each of the following programs?
Aid to Businesses
Aid to Families with Children
Aid to People with Disabilities
Aid to People with Mental Illnesses
Aid to Municipalities
Buses and Railroads
Crime Victim Services
Danbury’s Public Schools
Drug Abuse Prevention Education
Drug Abuse Rehabilitation
Health Care Assistance for Seniors
Open Space Land Purchases
Prescription Drugs for Seniors
Prescription Drugs for Families
Protecting the Environment
Rental Assistance for Families
Rental Assistance for Seniors
Roads, Bridges and Highways
The State Courts
State Universities, like WCSU & NVCC
The State Police
Veteran Services
If cuts need to be made to rebalance the budget, what program or service that you use would you be willing to give up or cut back?
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