YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
For over 2 years, I have been an outspoken advocate for the health and well-being of our children. Pandemic restrictions created a negative mental health environment for our youth. I collaborated on a bipartisan effort to pass sweeping legislation to better support children’s mental healthcare needs. Parental engagement is important on decisions or plans to address student health and safety. (Public Acts 22-80, 22-81, 22-47)
PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIME: BALANCED SOLUTIONS
As former Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and a state leader of second chance reentry, I led efforts to address the statewide crime problem by calling out a need for balanced solutions by fostering communication and collaboration between local leaders, law enforcement, public defenders and community members. My plan is detailed at SaferCT.com. I reiterated my “Zero Tolerance” punishment policy on school threats that cause emotional trauma and fear to students, teachers and caregivers/parents.
HEALTHCARE & INSURANCE COSTS
As a leader on both the Insurance Committee and the Public Health Committee, I am committed to fight against healthcare and insurance cost increases. I led a successful bipartisan effort to advance Benchmarking & Reinsurance, which will limit how much overall healthcare costs can grow. I have led in reducing prescription drug costs and addressed unsustainable Long-Term Care Insurance premium increases.
PRESERVING OUR ENVIRONMENT
A recognized CT League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) Environmental Champion, I helped secure state support to protect the Long Island Sound. Supported research to learn and adapt to new environmental and dwindling natural resource challenges. Demonstrated independence and supported groundbreaking legislation addressing climate change & air pollution.
SOCIAL EQUITY & COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
Organizations like Fairfield’s Operation Hope, Newtown’s Faith Pantry and Westport’s Al’s Angels provide food and home security that our struggling neighbors desperately need. The American Dream is achievable by every single American, but only if there are organizations and people who have their hands outstretched to help and lift them up.