Connecticut Politics and Elections: Coverage, Analysis, Maps and Commentary
I said transportation, and here's why:Figure out a way to provide alternative means of transportation to folks across Connecticut*, and you'll improve the economy by reducing costs (time and money) making CT a more attractive place of employment. You'll be able to reduce the amount of money spent on constantly expanding roads, possibly to the point of reducing taxes. With a better economy (and alternatives to paying so much in gas!), crime will go down a bit to be sure. So will the number of hours spent sitting in traffic.Oh -- and then there's the idea that reducing the amount of energy CT consumes is part of a long term plan on reducing costs, cost variability, and dependance on foreign (particularly Middle Eastern) oil. * This includes, but is not limited to: - commuter rail - city busses - bicycle trails - incentives for car pooling - incentives for telecommuting - park & rides - HOV lanes - smart growth/(sub)urban planning - tax policies to reduce the number of miles driven by single individuals in autos
I think it's land use and open space protections. If we're not careful, we'll end up like too many other areas in the country--a mess of commercial strips and subdivisions. We need to preserve our New England character, at the same time promoting more vibrant cities, jobs, social justice etc.
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