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Issues that matter

Pandemic Preparedness

We need a standing Office of Pandemic Preparation to face our next crisis that focuses on testing, continuity of resources and services, and strategies for selective isolation.
 

Jobs and Economic Growth

The coronavirus pandemic has put Connecticut’s economy in a tailspin, and unemployment is expected to remain over 10% for more than a year. We will need to ensure that those who have lost their jobs continue to receive emergency relief. We will also need to retool and retrain our workforce through successful programs like Pathway-2-Employment and our manufacturing pipeline apprenticeships. 

 

Medicare-for-All

With 350,000 residents without insurance right now, it has never been more clear that we need to transition to universal healthcare. If we can’t do it nationally, we can do it regionally.

 

Racial Equity & Criminal Justice reform

We must achieve true racial equality. This means enacting meaningful criminal justice reform, policing reform, and passing laws to eliminate systemic racism.

College Affordability & Technical Schools 

We will enact college affordability measures for state schools so today's youth aren’t saddled with debt for decades and heavily invest in our technical schools to create the best workforce in America. 

 

Recreational Marijuana

It’s just time. With a regional approach with Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts, we can better allocate state resources, increase revenue, and reduce opioid addiction.

 

Women’s Rights 

With Roe v. Wade in the balance, we must protect reproductive rights at the state level, eliminate the gender wage gap through tough legislation, and increase equal economic opportunity. 

 

Universal Pre-K Education

This decades-long Democratic goal must become a reality. Universal Pre-K is critical to eliminating longstanding inequities in public education and addressing the learning gap. 

 

Seniors

We need to continue to ease the tax burden on seniors, many of whom are being priced out of the neighborhoods they helped build. We will continue to improve aging-in-place legislation.

 

LGBTQ

Connecticut has been on the forefront for protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community, and Paul will work to protect and improve these rights for all. 

 

A CT Green New Deal

7 states have 100% renewable energy requirements by 2040 or 2045. It’s time Connecticut joined them. We will enact a Green New Deal here and make this transition a top priority. 

 

Connect Wethersfield to the River

A first step is to work with Hartford and the MDC to relocate the “burn plant.” We have a plan to do that, and we will then begin long-term work toward re-connecting us to the river.

 

A 4-Day Work Week

Productivity, mental health, and quality of life all increase with a 4-day work week. We can begin to transition immediately; the current crisis has shown how much can be done remotely.

Paid for by Montinieri 2020, Patti Silva, Treasurer. Approved by Paul Montinieri.