J.D. Ospina (R)

CT House, District 145

Healthcare Worker, Math tutor and Veteran

Yes I do. Smart and fair voting laws begin with opening the window of opportunity to vote. People may need to move away from CT and may not have time to return an absentee application.
I can support increased regulation in our state's utility companies as long as they improve storm management response and don't add to their cost of doing business since that cost may get passed down to the residents. I will write and support laws that tie performance to top executive compensation.

On another note, as a member of the Social Services Commission for the City of Stamford, and a graduate of NYU with a degree in Public Administration, I have a unique perspective to handle the growing debt crises that Connecticut is in while keeping in mind the needs of our community. I understand complex municipal finance in a way that I can look at our state budget and target areas where we can find cost-savings and additional revenue.
It is not fair that Stamford gets the most limited of funds from Hartford, and it is truly disproportionate to the amount of income tax that we send compared to a few other counties.

Rep Miller sits on the education committee itself yet allows for this imbalance of equity for our students to occur. It is not fair for our kids to have their support tied to archaic formulas that rely on real estate prices. We need stronger, new advocates in Hartford to represent Stamford.

My first step would be to look for cost-savings as to blunt the impact of decreased funding for other districts, if it is necessary at all. I will also ensure that the need in Stamford is heard in our state capital by attending and participating all required hearings and debates.
I believe that in person legislative sessions are more effective. That being said, I would ensure that safety protocols in are place including regular COVID testing and social distancing measures. However, I will work to make legislative sessions more accessible by making public hearings open to virtual or remote participation.

Other priorities of mine would be to lead a safe reopening of our schools and our businesses. As a math tutor, I am getting referred plenty of students who are falling behind much more than before. The number of students that are suffering decrease quality in education due to distance learning is staggering. But again, we would first look at a safe reopening of schools.