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Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Bipartisan Budget Deal

With our state facing tough fiscal challenges, Democrats and Republicans put aside our differences, came together and compromised to pass a bipartisan budget that meets Connecticut's needs. This budget reflects some difficult choices, but I believe this agreement is fair, draws upon the best ideas and compromises from both political parties, and represents the priorities of the residents of Connecticut.

Protects Cities and Towns

  • Protects our cities and towns from painful cuts to services and education
  • Rejects a proposal to move state's teacher pension obligation to cities and towns
  • Stands up for working families by rolling back Republican cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Protects car tax cuts from elimination

Invest In Our Economy

  • Invests in New Haven's Innovation Places program which enables the city to reenvision our urban center and grow jobs in the innovation economy
  • Supports our local manufacturers and job training programs
  • Invests in small businesses that look to start and grow in local communities
  • Builds our emerging bioscience and green energy industries

Prioritizes Students & Education

  • Protects SCSU, Gateway, and other state universities from devastating cuts
  • Maintains a strong level of local education funding to ensure that our schools remain among the best in the nation
  • Protects college scholarships for low and middle income students

Defends Progressive Policies

  • Protects dedicated state funds for women and minority owned businesses to work on state and local projects
  • Preserves Connecticut's clean elections program which keeps influence-seeking corporate money out of our candidates' campaign budgets
  • Shields energy efficiency and green energy programs from unsustainable cuts
  • Funds programs for people with developmental disabilities