Eversource and some out-of-state entities appear to be attempting to buy control of Connecticut's water resources, and some of our quasi-public water agencies have signed away large amounts of water to commercial interests with little regard to future water shortages. What can you do to ensure that Connecticut residents maintain control of public water supplies in perpetuity?
If there is a concern that someone is conspiring to restrain trade or commerce - as this question sounds like this is the concern with water - the Sherman Anti Trust Act is the remedy.
Should the government's response to the opioid crisis be to focus on law enforcement to stop drug dealers, or improving access to treatment for addiction and reducing the overprescription of painkillers?
It should be ending the drug war, which is only made opioids cheaper and more available. It should also be to stop pushing pain killers on vets through the VA.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
No. I support the First Amendment in its entirety.
Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
Congress doesn't need to. It has its own subpoena and investigatory powers, and ought to be using those frequently and often. Instead, Congress is avoiding its oversight responsibilities.
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
Before anything else, and this is my number one priority - field and pass legislation requiring the price to be available and published up front, and not magically change based on who is (or isn't insuring you). That will drop healthcare costs by half - and bring an actual free market to healthcare. Democrats and Republicans won't do that because the special interests profiting from lack of price transparency fund their campaigns.
Has the president's decision to place a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions unfairly penalized Connecticut residents? What will you do to mitigate the tax increase that this change represents for Connecticut taxpayers?
I don't. First, if Congress hadn't abdicated its responsibility, tax policy would originate there and not in the executive branch. Second, all SALT does is give states who can't manage their fiscal affairs a free pass to avoid doing so.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
Absolutely not. Add her philosophy of having to pass the bill to see what's in it (ACA) plus continued support for the wars and the status quo to the list of reasons not to.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
Absolutely not. Add his philosophy of having to pass the bill to see what's in it (ACA) plus continued support for the wars and the status quo to the list of reasons not to.
(For Republicans or minor party candidates): If the Republicans maintain a House majority, who do you prefer for Speaker: Kevin McCarthy of California, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, or someone else?
(For Republicans or minor party candidates): If you are elected to the Senate and the Republicans maintain the majority, will you support Mitch McConnell to continue as Majority Leader?
A recent report found 40 percent of Connecticut residents can't afford basic needs such as housing, food, health care, or child care. What would you do to improve their situation?
Field legislation to demand healthcare prices be published up front - that cost hits the price of everything else as well. There is no reason we can't cut healthcare costs in half. I would further propose legislation allowing us to re-import drugs that were made/designed/invented here from overseas (because why should we pay dozens or even hundreds of times more for the same drug with the same clinical guidelines and dosage than the rest of the world?). We need serious reform of HIPPA and Sarbanes Oxley to reduce healthcare costs as well.
I would also impose a requirement that half of all contracted funds at the Sub Base in Groton require the use of local companies.
I would also move to end agricultural subsidies as they increase the price of food (and create perverse dietary decisions that make donuts cheaper than healthy alternatives like apples).
I would implement legislation to punish student lenders for student loan fraud, creating a federal cause of action for it, making it subject to normal consumer protection provisions and allowing it to be discharged in bankruptcy (freeing them of fraudulently created debt - compare to Joe Courtney who wants you to refinance fraud).
If you're otherwise proposing the use of the tax code to create a new program or a subsidy for these things - you're doing it wrong (which all of my opponents are). I am also proposing a phase out and eventual elimination of the income tax (starting with everyone making under $100,000). One of the most disgusting things we see, and unfortunately tolerate, is letting a family of four trying to eek by on $50,000 giving interest free loans to the federal government through its paycheck.
As to trade - even playing field for everybody, every industry and every company - may the best innovations win. We need to change our current practice of trying to pick winners and losers not only through the tax code, but through trade policy as well.
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