Keeping our families safe from gun violence
I support legislation to close loopholes in our background check system; to make it illegal for those on the FBI terror watch list to buy a gun; to repeal the Dickey Amendment that bans gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); to encourage licensing requirements for handgun purchases; and to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
The presence of guns in society creates a hidden tax as people and municipalities make investments to protect themselves and their citizens from gun violence. Consequently, I endorse the taxation of weapons, ammunition and large capacity magazines. The money collected through this taxation will be dedicated to increasing the resources necessary to create a safe society.
Supporting quality schools and education
Education is at the heart of why people move to New Canaan and Wilton. Our world-class schools prepare our daughters and sons for the considerable challenges they will face for the rest of their lives. Schools must have adequate resources, take advantage of the latest technology, and integrate that technology into the most appropriate teaching approach for each student. The student thrives when the learning experience is personal, and the district succeeds when it makes efficient use of its resources.
Addressing a transportation infrastructure in crisis
Connecticut is in an economic competition against other states and, in order to win, we need a modern, reliable and safe transportation system – something we do not currently have. Sections of many of our major highways, as well as streets such as Route 7 for which the state is responsible, are almost undriveable. The threatened cuts to our mass transit systems will cripple our ability to commute to work and move goods and services to our towns, and they will make the lives of the poorest members of our communities even more difficult. Rebuilding our transportation network so people can get to work, businesses can grow, and our towns can thrive depends on proper funding and ensuring that, like our neighboring states, everyone contributes their fair share.
Put simply, when Connecticut invests in our roads, bridges, rail and buses, it is investing in the economy, in job growth and in the quality of life in our communities. I will build the coalitions necessary to ensure these investments are made wisely and well to help our state thrive.