Will Haskell: Bringing a 21st-century workforce to Connecticut Connecticut has set a national model when it comes to containing COVID-19 and keeping communities safe. But this public health crisis has become an economic crisis, and now it\u2019s time to set a model for rebuilding our economy. In my opinion, that effort must begin with supporting our housing market and making Fairfield County attractive to the next generation of homeowners. Already, we\u2019ve seen a record-breaking summer for home sales, driven in large part by families leaving the city in search of good schools and open space. Now, it\u2019s time to build on that success and remove the barriers to home ownership in Connecticut. I\u2019m honored to have the endorsement of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, and I\u2019m ready to once again work closely with them in Hartford in my next term. Speak with a Realtor, and they\u2019ll tell you that one of the biggest dampers to our housing market is student debt. Connecticut has the highest per capita student loan debt in the country, and that debt delays the purchase of a first home by an average of seven years. That\u2019s why, in 2019, I wrote and passed a tax credit for businesses that assist their employees with student loan payments. It simultaneously eased the tax burden on Connecticut\u2019s businesses and helped working families afford to live in Connecticut. We earned bipartisan support, the bill sailed through the legislature, and Governor Lamont signed it into law. If I\u2019m reelected to the state Senate, I\u2019ll continue to build bipartisan coalitions and pass common-sense legislation that will help families afford a home in Fairfield County. Connecticut deserves pro-active legislators in Hartford who are specific about their plans for economic growth. I hope you\u2019ll learn more about my record at WillHaskell.com.