Where We Vote: Steve Obsitnik

Today, we continue our series with 4th district congressional candidate

Steve Obsitnik
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Where We Vote: Steve Obsitnik

A political newcomer is challenging two-term incumbent Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional district. Republican candidate Steve Obsitnik is a Navy veteran and businessman from Stamford. Speaking on WNPR's "Where We Live," Obsitnik says if elected, he wouldn't cater to special interests.

"What I think we need is term limits," said Obsitnik. "And I've said I'm going to commit to lead an example, solve big problems, serve the people of this district, and only be in Washington and the House of Representatives for eight years. That's the example I'm going to set. I'm going to work hard, not play the political games.

Obsitnik says he also is not tied to the national GOP platform, but one thing he agrees on is repealing parts of the federal health care reform law. He says the Affordable Care Act will hurt a small business owner.

The best way is to motivate him to hire those people back and not have these excessive costs put on that business, so that he can do what he's done for the last 25 years - employ people and not think about health care as much," Obsitnik said.

Obsitnik says the federal health care reform law will only hamper economic growth.    



Education funds

According to Steve Obsitnik, Connecticut only gets 7 dollars per student in federal education aid, and the fault is the Democrats. With 560,000 students in Connecticut public elementary and secondary schools, that would be about 4 million dollars for the entire state. However, Connecticut received $313 million from federal funds in 2011. At 7 dollars per student, that would mean there are about 45 million kids in Connecticut public schools. I don't know where we put them all, but I'm glad we keep them all busy on such a low budget. In actuality, Connecticut received 558 dollars per public school student for education from the federal government in 2011. On top of that, Connecticut college students got 1.3 Billion dollars in aid in 2011, and I hope they used it well because the Romney/Ryan ticket thinks it is not necessary. "Just ask your parents for a loan", said Mitt during the Republican primary debates. I guess it worked for him.

The proposed 2013 federal contributions for education in Connecticut total 296 million dollars. The decrease comes from reducing grants to improve teacher effectiveness by 8 million dollars, and by eliminating 8 million dollars for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. As described by the US Department of Education, “This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.” Maybe the Republicans think there is no need for this program, but it seems to address the needs of preparing students for success in education.