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SUPPORTING OUR POLICE

As of 12/31/2020 the property crime rate in West Haven was 1,991.1 per 100,000 people. Thats 39.57% higher than the Connecticut property crime rate of 1,426.6 per 100,000 people.

Slogans like “Defund the Police” may get national attention, but less money for our police is NOT a solution. Policing is a partnership between our residents and officers sworn to protect ALL of us. An elected official calling for the defunding of police departments is acting irresponsibly.

Police have a tough job and need our community's support. We can work together to improve community policing by INCREASING FUNDING for police. We can improve training and screening of new police officers to ensure that the job of protecting our community is done well for ALL of us.

I support provisions of the Police Accountability passed in 2020 that improve police training and the recruitment of new officers.  

I do not support provisions in the law that now allows officers, even when doing nothing wrong, to be personally sued in state court under state law for the first time in Connecticut’s history. The bill deliberately removes the ability to have frivolous lawsuits dismissed early.

The law does nothing to make it easier to fire bad police or hold them accountable. Eliminating qualified immunity doesn’t make it easier to hold officers criminally accountable, because qualified immunity doesn’t protect officers if they commit a crime.

 

A safer Connecticut starts with a stronger Connecticut. It starts with an economy that can support jobs, build hope and create a path to success for young people.*

REQUIRE NEXT DAY COURT FOR JUVENILES DETENTION ORDERS

Currently there is often far too much time between arrest of a juvenile and their court date. The result is a delay in access to services and supports as well as the potential that the juvenile will commit additional offenses while waiting for court as intervention has yet to take place. To expedite access to services, we propose providing for immediate assessment and access to services. We propose to allow the court to order mental health evaluations for juveniles and to require Court Support Services interventions to be ordered at arraignment in juvenile court, instead of post-adjudication.

INTERVENTION SERVICES - TRAUMA, TRUANCY, MEDIATION, & MENTORSHIP

In meeting with community members, four elements of intervention stood out as areas that must be addressed early on in a juvenile’s life to help prevent, deter, and redirect them from crime: trauma, truancy, mediation, mentorship.

Trauma and juvenile crime are very often linked. Truancy is often the first sign of trauma in children and can be an entry point to identify a child at risk and in need of services. Mediation is vital to stopping retaliatory crime. Mentorship and empowering young people is key to positive outcomes and a positive life trajectory.

We must fund programs that have been successful in this area and focused on creating an ecosystem of support that unites community service providers to get each juvenile needed supports. Service providers must work in a network connected together to get juveniles the right help.

We propose establishing an RFP process to award state funding to the most successful programs specifically targeted to these four areas of need. The process will include a state level review board that includes stakeholders from the communities, state, cities, Office of the Chief States Attorney, public defenders, the Department of Children & Families and CT's Youth Service Bureaus.

*CT Senate Republicans A Better Way to A SAFER CONNECTICUT

OPPORTUNITY & JOBS - PIPELINE FOR CT'S FUTURE

Require the State Department of Education to partner with the Office of Apprenticeship Training to develop the Pipeline for Connecticut’s Future program as a pathway to obtaining occupational licenses for students in urban areas via an apprenticeship or partnership with local businesses.*

In today’s world, receiving a bachelor’s degree is no longer a guarantee to employment upon graduation. Overall, 43% of college graduates are underemployed in their first job. In addition, higher education is a path that is not for everyone. Instead of focusing only on college preparation in our high schools, we need to expand our approach in high school to show students that there is a future and there are good jobs even if you don't see college in your future.

This proposed program would provide a direct pipeline of qualified employees by incentivizing local school districts in urban areas to develop partnerships with local businesses and curriculum to train high school students specifically for the business community’s needs upon graduation. This homegrown program is modeled on successful programs in Wallingford and the Platt Technical High School in Milford where local manufacturers work collaboratively with the superintendent of schools in their joint effort to get students that may not be interested in attending college to graduate with a specific, manufacturing related career path in mind and ultimately to be employed by the participating companies.

This model both enables companies to fill vacant positions in their workforce with an employee trained specifically for that job while providing direct employment opportunities for Connecticut youth as well promoting entrepreneurship among high school students.

The program model entails both industry-specific class time and cooperative work placements. In addition to the work performed at the local high schools, these programs also provide incubator space for entrepreneurs to work collaboratively and innovatively with students.

While the Wallingford and Platt programs are geared specifically towards manufacturing, it is imperative to educate towards a certificate statewide. Whether it is manufacturing, computer programming, auto mechanic, culinary arts, etc. students can graduate from high school with not only adiploma but also either a certificate or with skillsets necessary to begin a career.

*CT Senate Republicans A Better Way to A SAFER CONNECTICUT

We have the second highest tax burden in the nation only topped by New York.* We in Connecticut have to work four weeks longer than the average American just to cover our tax bills! We need to work until May 21 – vs. April 23 on average (as reported by the Tax Foundation).

Here in West Haven, the State is insisting on another property tax increase as a condition for aid in funding our deficit. More taxes, higher rents higher costs of living. This simply can't go on like this!

Eliminate the Corporate and Business Use taxes. WHY?

Our corporate tax raises less than 5% of the state’s total tax revenues, but Connecticut is uncompetitive with its neighbors. Businesses are just not coming to Connecticut or to West Haven, in fact they are leaving.

Since 1991, we have seen the slowest job growth in the entire nation.

Eliminating these taxes is a first step to make a bold statement and get businesses to start here, expand here, and relocate to Connecticut – and quickly – a real competitive advantage. We have to get jobs, businesses, and labor force participation moving in the right direction again. That is the only way we will ever be able to LOWER YOUR TAXES and improve your life with new opportunities.

*State-Local Tax Burden Rankings | Tax Foundation