Kim Becker's Platform is Focused on Our Community
Building on over a decade of community service and leadership, Kim Becker’s mission is to gain a seat at the table in Hartford so that she can strongly advocate for issues that matter to Connecticut’s 62nd District (Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland & New Hartford). Kim’s platform is straightforward and thoughtful. Some of the key pillars are outlined briefly below - but to fully understand Kim’s dedication to our community, don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet her! Kim is busily visiting area homes to talk with her future constituents and is an active participant in numerous area events. Want to ask questions or get involved? Don’t hesitate to reach out.
Relieving the Property Tax Burden
Connecticut is a high tax state, especially in rural towns which don’t have the infrastructure to support a large business tax base. Preserving our rural areas is important to state tourism and to our small businesses which serve hikers, bikers, fly fishers, rafters, etc. With the state on better financial footing, we can rebalance the education formulas and take the pressure off of the towns’ budgets and our property taxes.
Preserving and Improving Excellence in Education
The biggest chunk of any town’s budget is its schools. Schools, the backbone of every community, play multiple roles from education to feeding children to offering the arts and athletics to the community. The Education Cost Sharing and Special Needs funding formulas need to be rebalanced and fully funded to reduce the pressure on municipal budgets. We need to support our students and teachers as they work to make up educational deficits from the pandemic and restore the mental health of our children. Partnerships between parents, teachers, and students are more important than ever as we navigate maintaining good schools, dealing with behavioral issues, and creating welcoming climates that are conducive to learning.
Preserving Open Space and Our Farms
We need to preserve open spaces and support our small farmers. Actively farming our agricultural lands means less development and more fresh, local food. We can support our farms through accessible healthcare, diesel tax forgiveness for farm equipment, and easier distribution for farm products. Members of state leadership are from large towns and cities and don’t understand how policies impact rural towns. Kim’s seat at the table would enable her to advocate for issues like these and ensure that policies take into account our over-reliance on property taxes and small business base.
Supporting Quality of Life for our Seniors
Seniors should not be pushed out of their homes and communities due to high taxes and medical bills. Connecticut’s latest budget made some accommodations for seniors but more can be done to ensure stability for those on a fixed income. Targeted services to address seniors’ needs will help reduce the isolation that often impacts seniors.
We’d Love to Get to Know YOU, too! Please feel free to reach out so that we can provide you with additional information, answer any questions, and help you get to know Kim better. We are a volunteer group of area residents who love our towns and want to work toward a bright future. We know that Kim can help ensure that. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved - we’d love to welcome you to our group of Kim supporters!
Events Coming This Week
10/7 - Riverton Fair at 12 Riverton Road. Join the Barkhamsted Democratic Town Committee, Kim Becker, Paul Honig (Senate Candidate for the 8th District), as well as other nominees at this season-end festival full of fun for the family. 4-9pm
10/8 - New Hartford Canvassing with Special Guest Geoff Luxenberg, 10:00am at the Pavilion behind New Hartford Town Hall. Join Kim and Geoff Luxenberg, State Rep in the 12th District covering Manchester, for a canvassing session. An opportunity to meet neighbors and show other representatives the needs of our small towns
And of course every day is an opportunity to knock on doors or make calls to talk to voters. Join our Zoom phonebanks on Tuesday or Thursday. To join, contact us. We can also send you instructions so that you can phone bank on your own schedule.