Campaign 2018 – The Democratic Slate
Videography by Frank Gerratana
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, seeking a second term as Connecticut’s fiscal watchdog, is leading efforts to improve and expand public access to information about state revenue and spending, state payments, and payroll. He is the first openly gay statewide elected official in Connecticut.
In 2004, he was appointed as Connecticut’s first state Healthcare Advocate. He helped thousands of Connecticut residents navigate the complexities of the health care system, advocated for patients that were denied coverage, and returned millions of dollars to consumers.
As the state’s chief fiscal guardian, Kevin is driven by strong progressive principles and data-driven decisions that boost Connecticut’s working families, expand opportunity, and promote equality. He provides an independent voice in reporting on the state’s financial and economic outlook.
As Comptroller, Kevin voted against State Bond Commission decisions to borrow $22 million for Bridgewater Associates and another $35 million to AQR Capital because Connecticut should invest in job creation and schools, not borrowing to pay off the world’s wealthiest hedge funds.
Kevin has pushed for independent review of the state’s economic development spending and now consumers have access to information to track where economic assistance dollars are going and the return on investment.
Kevin also developed a plan to reform the state’s pension payment plan to make it flat and predictable over time. And the General Assembly passed, though with a 2020 effective date, legislation he proposed to require the state to build its budget reserve fund and avoid overspending in good economic times.
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