November 26, 2021 | by Ted Craft
State Senator Will Haskell won national recognition on November 18 in the Ideas Challenge 2021 competition hosted by the organization NewDEAL.
Senator Haskell won the award in the organization’s “Expanding Access to Education” category for his sponsorship of Connecticut’s Student Loan Repayment Tax Credit legislation, which provides credit for student loans. corporate tax that helps employees repay their student loans.
The law, promulgated in 2019, comes into force in January. It has garnered broad support on a bipartite basis and from the business community. The competition category included measures that promote opportunities from early childhood through post-secondary education to put students on the path to college and career success.
“It is such an unexpected honor,” said Senator Haskell. “I really appreciate the NewDEAL highlighting our work to tackle student debt in Connecticut. I look forward to seeing the credit become available in January, helping graduates launch their careers in our state.
“Astronomical student loan debt,” he said, “is holding back students and recent graduates, delaying starting a small business, buying a first home and building a family. I am proud that we have been able to work across the aisle to revitalize our economy and make higher education more affordable.
The Developing Exceptional American Leaders (NewDEAL) organization supports elected state and local leaders through the exchange of ideas and engagement with other senior officials in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. US Senator Chris Coons (Delaware), US MP Marilyn Strickland (Washington State) and Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin, are honorary co-chairs.
In the organization’s fifth annual Ideas Challenge competition, policy experts voted for proposals that would best improve economic well-being, overall quality of life, and make government more effective in meeting the needs of the community.