Why we need to stop 3D-printed guns

If there’s one state that knows all too well the pain, the grief and the shock that gun violence can bring, it’s the state of Connecticut. That’s why we passed the nation’s strongest common-sense gun safety laws – banning the sale of high-capacity gun magazines and requiring background checks for private gun sales – in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Just this week, Republicans ducked answering where they stand on the next battle against criminals who want to do harm – the 3D printing of guns. When asked “Should Connecticut ban 3D-printable, untraceable guns?” each of the Republican gubernatorial candidates refused to support common-sense regulations on 3D-printed guns.

Connecticut needs a new kind of comptroller — with business sense

What exactly does a comptroller do? It’s probably the question I’m asked most often on the campaign trail, but the truth is that the office of State Comptroller has the potential to be one of the most important, influential public offices in state government. Why? Because the economic crisis that Connecticut faces today has its roots in a political problem, not just an economic one.

From tipping point to turnaround

We hear every day that the national economy is strong.  Not true here.  Connecticut has been left out and left behind. Across our state, people are struggling.  Businesses are leaving.  Job opportunities are scarce.  Home values are falling.  Spirits are down and trust between citizens and Hartford is broken. This once vibrant New England leader is on life support.  November’s election will determine whether we continue to sink or begin to revive our economy and restore hope.  We are at a tipping point, and only Republicans can bring us back.

What’s at stake in the race for lieutenant governor

Two hours before dawn on August 22, 1991, a tie vote in the state Senate was broken by Lowell Weicker’s lieutenant governor, whose action guaranteed that a state income tax would be imposed on the people of Connecticut. The spending spree enabled by that infamous vote was the chief cause of our subsequent economic decline.  Since the tax took effect, we rank dead last in economic growth among the 50 states. It matters who breaks ties in the Connecticut Senate.

Connecticut’s pension problems come from over-promising, not underfunding

Based on a new study by Wirepoints released in June, Connecticut once again makes the rogue’s gallery of pensions for state employees. Most analyses of pensions focus on the unfunded liability – amounts due for which no funds have been provided.  This type of analysis leads to the logical conclusion that more funding – more taxpayer dollars – is required to close the funding gap. Connecticut’s current governor and legislature have indeed been very good at raising taxes – the largest increases in our history over the last few years – but still unfunded pension obligations continue to grow.

Trump’s trade war threatens Connecticut’s fragile economy

Today, Connecticut exports over $14 billion worth of goods to every part of the world, including transportation equipment, manufactured goods, electronic products and electrical equipment. The state’s major exporters include one of our premier companies, Pratt & Whitney, which employs more than 9,500 state residents with worldwide revenues topping $14 billion. Pratt’s commercial airplane engines currently power more than 25 percent of the world’s passenger aircraft fleet with customers in 160 countries.

Tong: I will oppose the assault on women’s reproductive rights

The President’s war on our fundamental rights is now focused squarely on a woman’s right to choose.  It comes as no surprise that a male President — distinguished by his abject disregard for women and the rights of others, generally — seeks to dismantle a well-established system of reproductive liberty and women’s self-determination that most Americans embraced for a generation.

Three key tax reforms to help make Connecticut more fair

In 2014, the Department of Revenue Services released a study showing how much Connecticut residents contribute in taxes. The information is illuminating. Earners of $75,000 or less paid at least 14 percent of their income in state and local taxes. Earners of $2 million or more paid at most 6.5 percent. The reason for this inequity? Connecticut relies more heavily on property and sales taxes than other states -– two regressive taxes that hit lower income earners significantly harder than higher income earners.

Pistone: ‘I’m too conservative for the Connecticut Republican Party’

After careful deliberation, I have decided to pursue a run for the United States Congress in the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut as an independent conservative candidate. My decision came as a result of my conservative views that are not aligned with the Connecticut Republican party, who believe I am “too conservative” besides being an outsider who is willing to challenge the status quo.

XL Center area development needs discussion — not eminent domain threat

It seems that Sen. Len Fasano and his Republican caucus prevented the Capitol Region Development Authority from pulling a fast one last month. Word surfaced on Tuesday the 22nd that the CRDA planned to initiate action at its meeting later that week to seize by eminent domain the section of the XL Center owned by Northland Investment Corp.  A letter from Fasano and other Senate Republicans led the CRDA to remove the proposal from its agenda.

Let’s make Connecticut’s attorney general part of the solution

Connecticut’s Office of Attorney General should model integrity, fairness, and inspire respect for the law. Our courts, the judicial process, and law enforcement officials are vital. They need a strong advocate. Incredibly, a Republican has not won the Office of Attorney General in Connecticut since 1954!  But this year, change is critical to restore our state’s economic competitiveness. And that requires a new brand of leadership from the attorney general.

What’s next for CT’s unfunded pensions, since the legislature did nothing

Connecticut’s unfunded pensions for state employees – about $127 billion in debt borne by today’s taxpayers – are much talked about.
As the legislative session ended, once again, nothing was done to stem the continuing losses and increasing debt payments.  Those who blocked reform may think they won, but the victory is truly Pyrrhic. Likely consequences?

If taxes are raised again, expect to see more and more people moving out of the state.