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Bob Stefanowski & Joe Markley


Bob Stefanowski
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Joe Markley
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LWVCT - Do you support or oppose the ballot question on the Transportation Lockbox? Please explain your position.
I am supportive of a constitutional amendment to protect transportation funds from being diverted for other purposes. Over the last 8 years, over $650 million had been diverted from transportation purposes for other legislative prerogatives to fill budget deficits. This led to severe under-investment in our infrastructure and a disturbing percentage of CT roads being in poor or mediocre condition. The practice of diverting transportation funds must stop. However, as we saw with the constitutional spending cap, there are always clever ways around enforcing constitutional measures. As your governor, I will safeguard against such diversions and raids and ensure that the spirit and intent are followed.

LWVCT - What changes, if any, would you make to Connecticut's gun legislation, and specifically, would you vote to change Connecticut from its present status as an open-carry state?
CT has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. But we still lack some vital investments needed to reduce gun violence. I will invest in more mental health funding, expand municipal grants to towns for school security upgrades, and fix the backlog for background checks. Specifically, on open-carry, CT currently allows legally permitted handgun owners the option to carry the firearm in a transparent manner in view of law enforcement and the public. Prior to anyone getting a handgun permit to carry, they must go through criminal and background checks conducted by the state police and local police departments. Local police departments have the authority to deny someone if they determine the individual is not "suitable" based on their own local criteria. I support these safeguards.

LWVCT - Do you support either in-person early voting and/or expanded use of absentee-ballot (mail-in) voting?
Yes, I support in-person early voting. Around 28 states currently allow "no-excuse" absentee voting whereby you can vote via mail-in ballot for any reason. There is no reason why we can't implement that same policy here. I support the use of absentee ballots for early voting provided appropriate safeguards against fraud and abuse are included.

Reprinted with the permission of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, Inc.

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