Madeleine’s platform calls for fundamental tax reform, social justice, and environmental protection. She takes up the issues that the Democrats and Republicans are afraid to tackle.
1.) The current Connecticut state budget crisis has been brought on by a failure to fairly tax wealthy individuals and corporations. As a result, local property taxes have been overburdened as a source of basic revenue for local government. The crises in our town budgets must be addressed by readjusting income tax rates toward greater fairness. The wealthy should pay their fair share of taxes and not be allowed to act as freeloaders on the body politic.
2.) The proposal to reinstate tolls on major roads in Connecticut is effectively a new and regressive form of taxation. No toll should be reinstated unless a system that guarantees reimbursement of the full amount of the total charges to all Connecticut residents has been established.
3.) A Connecticut state-sponsored public bank similar to the state-sponsored Bank of North Dakota should be established as a way of reducing interest rates to members of the public on mortgages and consumer loans.
4.) As of January 2020, the state minimum wage should be raised to $15/hour.
5.) Corporate and large individual campaign contributions should be eliminated in electoral contests within the State of Connecticut in so far as this is possible within the current framework of federal statutory law and judicial decisions.
6.) No public employee pensions of existing or future retirees should be permitted in excess of $80,000/year as a total of pensions from state, school and local government sources in Connecticut.
7.) Loopholes in state labor and tax regulations that permit multi-state and international corporations such as Walmart to systematically offload support of their employees on to public funding should be eliminated, and corporations that attempt these practices should be heavily fined.
8.) The Connecticut state-sponsored health insurance system (HUSKY) should be expanded to cover all Connecticut residents not currently covered by private health insurance.
9.) The State of Connecticut and its localities should oppose the current administration’s accelerated deportation of undocumented immigrants by eliminating cooperation of Connecticut law enforcement officers with such accelerated deportation policies.
10.) Undocumented immigrant youth attending public colleges and universities in Connecticut should be eligible for in-state tuition and public scholarship funds.
11.) Connecticut is beginning to unravel its protection for the environment. More aggressive policies are required to bring about a timely and full conversion to a solar-electric economy. No further purchases of gasoline-powered vehicles for the state fleet of cars and trucks should be made after January 1, 2020. As a result, within five years, the entire fleet of state-owned vehicles will be all-electric.
12.) The conversion of private vehicles to electric power should be encouraged by means of significant tax credits at the state level. Tesla and other all-electric vehicle manufacturers should be permitted to operate sales and service centers in Connecticut. State purchase and tax policies should place priority on electric vehicles made in the United States.
13.) The use of individual plastic bags in Connecticut should be phased out over a period of two years. This will result in a significant reduction in problematic waste and enhance the quality of life throughout our state.
14.) The disposal of fracking waste should be banned from the entire state of Connecticut. The danger of highly polluting fracking waste being disposed of in our state is quite real and should be ended by a complete and immediate ban on any such disposal within the boundaries of our state.
15.) The funds which Gov. Malloy has diverted from earmarked environmental uses toward the general fund should be restored to their original environmental uses.
16.) The public utilities regulation and environmental protection functions of the State of Connecticut DEEP should be placed once again in separate departments. Adequate funding for thorough enforcement of environmental regulations should be restored to the renewed Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
17.) A thorough investigation of price gouging and service deterioration of Connecticut telephone service, internet service, and electrical service should be conducted, and regulatory and/or criminal action should be undertaken to remedy current abuses. Community broadband utilities should be encouraged.
18). Immediate adoption of marijuana legalization for recreational purposes with appropriate provisions for taxing, distribution and potency standardization of the product. Age limits and driving restrictions would obviously also need to be a part of the legalization process.
19.) the enhancement of the quality of our regular public schools should be the primary educational priority of the state. Preferential funding and enforcement of educational standards for charter schools should be eliminated.
20.) Standardized testing of students in Connecticut public schools should be limited to testing which actually enhances the educational experience of the children and/or is required for purposes of the students advancing to the next level of schooling. Highly repetitive testing and “teaching to the test” are harmful to students and should be eliminated. Under no circumstances should the performance of a teacher students on standardized testing be the sole or major criterion for their occupational advancement.
21.) Sexual discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination should be fully eliminated at both the federal and state levels by the passage of constitutional amendments prohibiting both forms of discrimination. The federal constitution does not currently prohibit any of these three forms of discrimination, and the state constitution only prohibits sexual discrimination. Although state and federal statutes address these forms of discrimination, it is important that they are prohibited in the fundamental law of both the nation and the state.