Governor, close Southbury, other similar state-run institutions

Connecticut likes to think of itself as a progressive state. Yet when it comes to the civil rights of those with intellectual disabilities, we are not. As Connecticut clings to a discredited institutional approach, many states — including Oklahoma and Tennessee — will observe the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with none of their citizens isolated in segregated institutions. Sadly, “progressive” Connecticut will not be able to do the same. I call on the governor to close the state’s five such institutions by the year 2020.

There is more to Connecticut life than business taxes

Since the state budget was finalized, all we have heard in the media is that major corporations and Connecticut citizens are threatening to leave the state because of the increasing taxes. But I would like to ask my fellow citizens and these large companies to consider that this budget offers a real lifeline to some Connecticut children and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.