Constituent Survey 2020

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

That’s why each year I send you this legislative survey. This survey keeps me up-to-date on the issues that affect your every day life the most, so that I can better serve you. The 2020 legislative session begins on February 5th and ends May 6th. During this time, I will face many tough choices, which is why it is so important for me to get feedback from you about the most pressing issues facing Danbury. I hope you will take a few minutes to complete this survey.

As always, please do not hesitate to write, email, or call to share your ideas and opinions about state issues. Getting to hear from you is my favorite part of the job. 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?
Things are fine as they are.
I have to work 2 or more jobs to make ends meet.
I’m afraid I’ll lose my house.
There aren’t enough career opportunities.
I can’t afford health care or insurance.
I’m living on a fixed income.
I’m afraid I’ll lose my pension.
I can’t afford car insurance.
I can’t find an affordable place to live.
I’m afraid of being victimized by criminals.
I can’t afford a hike in utility rates.
Got an idea for a state law? Tell me about it:
Fixing our Roads, Trains, Buses, Airports, & Ports

Do we need to revive our transportation system? Seventy-Nine percent of our state and local roads have been rated mediocre or poor. Trains are too often unreliable. But we need $19.4 billion in new funding to fix our infrastructure. I’ve been frustrated by the conflicting and too frequently changing proposals to fill the Special Transportation Fund (STF). Despite creating a lockbox, the STF goes insolvent in 2024. Most money for the STF comes from the gas tax (a user fee) and the federal government, with help from the petroleum tax, the sales tax on motor vehicles, and licenses. The gas tax hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since it was last cut in 2000. Electric and hybrid cars pay little to nothing to the STF despite causing the same road wear as gas fueled cars. Gas cars are paying less as fuel economy improves. Would you fix the gap in funding? How? Feel free to choose more than one box, and add your own.

Adjust the gas tax for inflation
Toll all vehicles
Toll trucks only
Tax electric cars like gas cars
A state-wide car property tax
Use all the sales tax on vehicles
Use the rainy day fund
Borrow more money and decrease school construction
Abandon user fees and raise other taxes
Do nothing
What is the most serious problem facing Danbury?
Things are fine as they are
Traffic congestion
Danbury’s bad roads
Quality of our children’s education
School overcrowding
Lack of affordable housing
The ever-increasing cost of living
Lack of sense of security
Homelessness
Balancing The Budget: State spending & program cuts

If you were voting on the state budget, would you vote to spend less, more, or the same on each of the following programs?

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