About JD Ospina - Candidate to represent 145th district in Connecticut
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.
Connecticut is facing a $ 2.1 Billion deficit. This is dangerous to ourselves and to our children who will pay for it through higher taxes and higher costs of living if we don't step up and elect new leaders in Hartford that can fix this. Current leaders want to fix our budget issues by adding tolls in our highways, but that is the lazy way out. There are many cost-savings opportunities that we as a state can take advantage of without having the average worker pay even more.
I have fought my entire life for what is right. Growing up with limited resources, I was persistent in finding work to help my parents pay for basic necessities while allowing my sister and I maintain an education. As such, I value education and I believe that parents know what is right for their children. This is why I support school choice while also strengthening our public school system. It is not fair that Stamford gets such low assistance for our students, in fact Stamford sends around $900 million in income tax receipts to the state government every year and gets back only $17 million for education and other areas of public need. We need change!