As a member of the Board of Directors of Griffin Hospital, George Logan has seen first-hand what recent state budget cuts have done to our hospitals. Joe Crisco and Governor Malloy have stripped millions from programs targeting those with mental illness and substance addiction. Aside from the obvious human aspect of those cuts, these patients again end up being treated through hospital Emergency Rooms, placing expensive and avoidable strain on our healthcare system7.7These budget "cuts" have the exact opposite of the intended effect of saving money! George Logan can deliver meaningful, practical knowledge of these issues to Hartford. Joe Crisco and the majority party leadership are clearly lacking in this knowledge -- and their careless policies show it.
Priorities in Hartford need to be reset. Healthcare and education cuts damage our future. A healthy population is a productive population. An educated population is the foundation for prosperity. Our state government does not have revenue problems, it has priority and spending problems. For our part in the 17th District, we need to send George Logan to "vote some sense" into these people!
One more point on healthcare: It is extremely troubling to see insurance premiums in Connecticut so high. This is not the norm in other states. Looking at the most recent data available from the Kaiser Foundation, Connecticut was the 4th highest in the nation in health spending per capita, ahead of even New York and California, and 72% higher than Utah8. George Logan sees this as an opportunity to learn how other states handle their healthcare costs efficiently and create policies that are appropriate for our state.
Regarding education, George believes in local control of our grammar, middle and high schools. Like most things in government, it is all about the money. Hartford collects our taxes, then sends the money back to the districts and programs it feels best. George Logan wants to leave those education dollars with the cities and towns. This will give local control of those dollars, as well as what is being taught, back to elected school boards and teachers in the classroom. The Education Cost Sharing (ECS) system has huge holes in it and should be overhauled top to bottom, if not done away with entirely. It is a redistribution of wealth system that requires towns in the 17th to basically beg for our own money back from the state. George Logan prefers not to beg.
When looking at higher education in Connecticut, George Logan sees costs rising. Like many, he asks "why" and "to what end?" Is the quality of higher education improving? It seems we spend more on new buildings than what goes on inside those buildings. Our higher education is top-heavy with administrators. These are the things that drive up tuition, so George Logan suggests we start with a cap on all State college tuitions. From there, let's re-prioritize how the money for higher education is being spent. There is no greater investment.