Connecticut has all the right ingredients for a thriving, healthy economy. We have a highly educated workforce, a strong concentration of STEM professionals, and many established businesses and companies. But bad policies have put the brakes on our economy and have forced businesses to flee. As Governor, I will encourage a pro-business environment, so we can revive and prosper.
The embarrassment of our last budget crisis should be a wake-up call: Connecticut doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Serious debt, unfunded pension liabilities, and fiscal irresponsibility is destroying the state. We need to correct our course before it’s too late.
We need to maintain a high quality of care, contain costs, and ensure that healthcare is accessible. Sadly, Connecticut has one of the lowest rankings for healthcare access in the country. We need to do more to ensure that every resident can lead a healthy life.
I want every child in Connecticut to receive a high-quality education that’s right for them. No matter where a child starts out, the right education can help them succeed. As Governor, I will work to improve access to education and expand opportunity for all.
Connecticut needs to properly maintain our aging roads, highways, bridges, and railways. But fiscal mismanagement has robbed our transportation funds, and residents are paying the price. I will work to improve our aging infrastructure in an efficient and effective manner to get Connecticut moving again.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Connecticut’s energy security is at risk. We rely far too much on outside suppliers; have declining, aging facilities; and are falling short on our renewable energy goals. But we have an extraordinary opportunity to make Connecticut self-reliant and clean.
SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS
The Nation will always be indebted to our Veterans and to the Veteran’s families for their sacrifices. We are Free and continue to be Free because of the sacrifices made by our Veteran’s.
KEEPING OUR SENIORS IN OUR STATE
We need to support and retain our retirees. While we can’t change the weather, we can take action to discourage retirees from leaving our state. Our seniors want to stay in Connecticut as their families are still here. They have worked hard and should not feel as if their state is abandoning them.
REVIVING OUR CITIES
Creating and maintaining active and vibrant cities is critical to the future of Connecticut. It will help us attract and retain the talent we need from young adults, drive economic growth, and make Connecticut an attractive destination for corporations.
ATTRACTING AND RETAINING YOUNG ADULTS
We already have many millennials working and living in Connecticut, but we need to do more to support them and generation Z, to help them become more involved, to contribute in ways they want to, and ultimately to attract more millennials to the state.