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Bob Stefanowski

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Oz Griebel

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Where and how should state government focus its efforts to grow private sector jobs and improve the business climate?
The prism through which every decision will be evaluated by the Griebel-Frank Administration will be, “does this action help the state create 200,000 net new jobs by the year 2028?” Our administration will aim to restore private sector confidence by: (1) privatizing some state services, (2) promoting the regional delivery of certain municipal services, (3) prioritizing state investment to achieve job growth, (4) promoting tourism and the arts; (5) providing stability in State government; (6) engaging the private sector; (7) getting out of the Capitol and acting as the Chief Marketing Officers for the State by meeting with employers and local officials; and (8) developing 21st Century transportation and education systems to support the economy and improve quality of life. Connecticut has a history of ‘kicking the can down the road’ with annual political gamesmanship, budget gimmicks and short term fixes. All of these practices have contributed to our massive deficit and unstable business climate.
Would you sign a bill legalizing recreational marijuana? Why or why not?
Yes, I would sign a bill legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, similar to the Massachusetts law that specifies the age of purchase (21 years of age or older), addresses public safety matters (such as DUI) and regulates the amount that a homeowner can possess or grow for personal use. All tax revenue from marijuana sales would go towards supporting efforts from state agencies (DMHAS) and non-profits aimed at the opioid crisis, substance abuse, and mental health issues.
Projections suggest we’re facing yet another massive budget gap for 2019. What concrete steps will you take to close that gap?
We will complete a holistic audit of state government and consult the Executive Officers (Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Secretary of the State) to develop concrete proposals for appropriate reductions in State government. We will propose concrete steps relating to tax policy as outlined on page 13 of our plan.
In 2016 the Connecticut Retirement Security Program was created. It will give over 600,000 residents in our state a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, how will you continue the implementation of this important program?
A Griebel-Frank Administration will work with the Treasurer, Comptroller, and other Executive Branch officials to encourage residents to save money for retirement, both through the Connecticut Retirement Security (CTRS) Program and with private sector retirement options. It is critical that the State encourages residents to save money for retirement with payroll deductions similar to what is being done in the private sector.
Would you support legislation requiring private employers to "ban the box," prohibiting them from asking the question about criminal convictions on a job application?
Yes, a Griebel-Frank administration would sign legislation to ban the box, prohibiting private employers from inquiring about prior criminal convictions. Our administration would also encourage the legislature to fix two of the “loopholes” in Public Act 16-83 including verbal inquiry of past violations and remediation for individuals who encounter private businesses violating this ‘ban’.
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?
We must strive to ensure a livable wage for our citizens. Our administration will strive to maintain funding for housing affordability as a way to spur employment and economic growth. We will work with State agencies responsible for reducing homelessness and work with municipalities to reduce evictions. For more detail, see Page 18 of our plan.
Based on estimates that out-of-state drivers would contribute 30-40% of overall revenue if highway tolls are implemented in Connecticut, would you support tolls with or without offsetting cuts in the state's gas taxes?
First, we would cancel the $10 million “toll study”. We would re-appoint the transportation strategy board to engage the private sector, develop transportation strategies, and identify funding sources. Our administration supports implementation of a pilot of electronic tolling on the HOV lanes on I-84 and I-91 by July 1, 2019 using a congestion-based pricing model. Lastly, on January 9, 2019 we would start the process to secure the necessary federal approvals to establish limited electronic tolling by July 1, 2021.
What are your transportation priorities?
Griebel-Frank Administration priorities include re-establishing the Transportation Strategy Board with private sector representation. We support the Constitutional “lockbox” referendum question on the November 6th ballot. We will cancel the ten million toll study and instead would start the process on January 9, 2019 to secure the federal approval necessary to establish limited electronic tolling by July 1, 2021. We would implement an electronic tolling pilot with a private sector operator on the HOV lanes on I-84 and I-95 by July 1, 2019 using a congestion-based pricing model. To summarize, a Griebel-Frank administration's priorities for transportation are: (1) re-establish the transportation strategy board, (2) supporting the Constitutional Lockbox Amendment, (3) canceling the “toll study”, and (4) exploring options for limited electronic tolling on major highways.
Should Connecticut be cooperating with President Trump’s zero-tolerance policies on illegal immigration or resisting?
We would ensure a respect for the rule of law and due process by ensuring that those facing deportation have adequate legal representation. We will advocate for comprehensive federal immigration reform which includes appropriate security along both national borders and provides a clear pathway to citizenship for current and future immigrants. We will aim to limit the State’s involvement in federal deportation program, while ensuring justice, equality, and safety for all residents. We will support strengthening Connecticut’s TRUST Act, to prohibit state and local law enforcement from serving federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers without a valid federal judicial warrant.
The 459,000 family caregivers in Connecticut provide an estimated 427 million hours of care each year. Nationwide, nearly seven in ten caregivers report making work accommodations because of caregiving, including arriving late/leaving early, cutting back their hours, changing jobs, or stopping work entirely. Would you support a family leave law that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes?
Yes. The Griebel-Frank Administration would support paid family medical leave. We have to work together across party lines to find the best way to administer the program.
Would you seek to repeal a new Connecticut law that mandates insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act?
A Griebel-Frank Administration will never sign a repeal, nor propose elimination, of Connecticut’s pre-existing conditions law. We will aim to find individuals, who have expertise in one or more elements of healthcare, who can serve on the Access Health’s Board of Directors. We would aim to provide the most affordable, accessible and high quality healthcare to all residents.
Much of Connecticut is economically and racially segregated because many towns lack affordable housing and local zoning regulations prohibit multi-family dwellings. How would you propose incentivizing municipalities to start allowing multi-family units and other affordable housing options?
Connecticut has a long, rich history of local autonomy and control and we must ensure that our zoning laws are protected. However, local control should never be used to exclude. We must reform what is known as “8-30g”, the Affordable Housing statute, to encourage municipalities to explore transit-oriented development (TOD), and provide support to our state’s 72 opportunity zones (across 27 municipalities). See page 18 of plan.
How should the state address disparities in the Education Cost Sharing formula? What specific modifications would you suggest, if any?
The state must work with the legislature to rewrite the ECS formula. The achievement gap must be reduced -- it is a civil rights issue, an economic issue and a social justice issue. Our administration is committed to providing equitable funding for charter schools and allowing parents and students to have greater choice.
Will you work to regionalize local services with an eye toward creating efficiencies and reducing the state's obligations under ECS and other town aid? How would you go about it?
Property taxes are a major component of the high cost of doing business here in Connecticut. We must leverage existing organizational infrastructure in our Council of Governments (CoGs) in order to find efficiencies. As one example, we could provide 50% of municipal aid to municipalities and 50% of municipal aid to CoGs to encourage but not mandate, regional cost-sharing initiatives. Working with municipalities and advocacy groups (such as CCM) we will identify unfunded mandates and work towards elimination or reduction within our first legislative session.
Will you try to reopen the SEBAC agreement before it's due to expire in 2027? If so, what might you offer the unions in order to get them to agree to reopen the contract early?
The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) agreement is the 800 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to budget discussions and poses a major threat to the state when it comes to employment and economic stability for the next twenty plus years. We would first propose moving all non-unionized state employees and legislators over to a defined-contribution plan by July 1, 2019. As Governor-elect and Lt. Governor-elect we would ask the union leadership to come to the table to begin 2020 negotiations on base compensation, work rules and include central elements of SEBAC in those discussion. Guiding Principle: We are not anti-union and value the very important work and contributions of State employees. We believe that it is in the interest of both state employees, their unions, and the state that we make changes necessary to ensure Connecticut remains solvent and has a chance to grow.
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?
On Day One, Governor Griebel will sign an Executive Order establishing a substance abuse tax force which will include leaders of state agencies, private providers, and other leaders. The Substance Abuse and Recovery Task Force will be chaired by Lt. Governor Frank. We would also follow the example of Massachusetts in making Narcan available over the counter. See plan at page 21. In summary, the Griebel Administration’s focus will be on improving access to treatment and reduction in overprescription of painkillers while providing the funding needed to our law enforcement to stop drug dealers.
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?
With many experts maintaining that water is going to increasingly become a source of political conflict in the coming years we must ensure that this vital public health and economic resource is kept for public consumption and protected.

Rod Hanscomb

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Where and how should state government focus its efforts to grow private sector jobs and improve the business climate?
Reduce taxes and regulations to encourage the next entrepreneurial wave to want to be here. #1 - have the lowest US Healthcare costs.
Would you sign a bill legalizing recreational marijuana? Why or why not?
Yes, by principle as a Libertairian who believes strongly in limited ggovernment. As long as you are not infringing upon the Rights of others, the government shouldn't be in the business of telling you how to live your life or how to run your business. I would however be unenthusiastic. I was in Seattle when it legalized marijuana and don't want to see pot billboards, pot stores and pot advertising all across CT.
Projections suggest we’re facing yet another massive budget gap for 2019. What concrete steps will you take to close that gap?
Welfare and social services. #1. Those of us who remove our blinders understand how rampant abuse of the system is. Work or charity requirements or tech school. Government of the State of CT is double what it needs to be. Enormous budget sector is interest payments on Bonding debt. No more. EFFICIENCY, EFFICIENCY, EFFICIENCY
In 2016 the Connecticut Retirement Security Program was created. It will give over 600,000 residents in our state a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, how will you continue the implementation of this important program?
Fantastic program. I would do everything in my power to encourage residents and workers to participate and build their own wealth. If starting at a young age, even a small percentage of a modest income put into proper retirement funds can lead to a wealthy retirement.
Would you support legislation requiring private employers to "ban the box," prohibiting them from asking the question about criminal convictions on a job application?
Yes. Once you've done the time, you should be fully free to move forward.
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?
This question is ridiculous. Though people in the media are usually convinced in their mind they are unbiased, likely only a bleeding heart liberal would put forth a question like this. 40% of resident s can't afford basic housing and food? Be a pro and name the source of the report. If we are talking specifically about health care, then word the question that way.
Based on estimates that out-of-state drivers would contribute 30-40% of overall revenue if highway tolls are implemented in Connecticut, would you support tolls with or without offsetting cuts in the state's gas taxes?
30%. 70% from CT residents. We have an extremely small land mass, zero major new highways to build as we are mostly fully developed, and already the 6th highest gas tax in the nation. At 20 cents a mile, commute from Norwich to New Haven? $475 a month. NO TOLLS!
What are your transportation priorities?
To get the DOT to stop wasting our money. US average to repave 1 lane of highway 1 mile $200-$225k. CT? Over $500k. Think sending billions of more of our $ through tolls to the DOT will make them magically start working efficiently? Drive through Westchester County sometime. The worst highway in the country. It is an embarrassment, and it is tolled.
Should Connecticut be cooperating with President Trump’s zero-tolerance policies on illegal immigration or resisting?
Yes. This is a Federal Issue, not a State issue. "Illegal" means somebody broke the law. Billions upon Billions of tourist dollars are missed out on every year because the government has to severely limit who can come. If it was law and order, this market could be greatly expanded. We have the technology to make it happen very easily. I do not support less immigration to the country. We need enormous numbers as we always have. For numerous very good reasons, it needs to be of the legal variety only.
The 459,000 family caregivers in Connecticut provide an estimated 427 million hours of care each year. Nationwide, nearly seven in ten caregivers report making work accommodations because of caregiving, including arriving late/leaving early, cutting back their hours, changing jobs, or stopping work entirely. Would you support a family leave law that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes?
At what point is it time to have a paradigm shift back to families and communities and churches taking care of itheir issues and family members in need, and not the government. These Lyndon Johnson War on Poverty programs are a failure and bankrupting governments. No I would not support forced family leave payments or time off from work. This should be left up to the company, whether large or small.
Would you seek to repeal a new Connecticut law that mandates insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act?
Yes. In a country founded on Liberty, the government should not be telling people or corporations how to live their lives if they are not infringing upon the Rights of others. Last time I checked the Bill of Rights free healthcare was not listed. Access to truly affordable care is something I'm very passionate about and it could be a huge economic boom to the State.
Much of Connecticut is economically and racially segregated because many towns lack affordable housing and local zoning regulations prohibit multi-family dwellings. How would you propose incentivizing municipalities to start allowing multi-family units and other affordable housing options?
The Federal Government should have less control over the States, and the States should have much less control over the towns. The best government is local. Let the towns develop mostly as they see fit and have healthy competition. No government housing projects.
How should the state address disparities in the Education Cost Sharing formula? What specific modifications would you suggest, if any?
The big issue here is the cost of educating kids in public schools in CT. US average is $10,500 K-12. CT? Of course, pushing $19k. Costs in Bridgeport and Hartford and Waterbury are not that far off this number. Once again, it's about effieincy not higher and higher taxes. Why do many great parochial schools educate for $6-$7k. School vouchers. If home schooling or private school, a voucher for $4-$6k. Parents know what school is best for their kids. Only with competition will the public school expenditures come down.
Will you work to regionalize local services with an eye toward creating efficiencies and reducing the state's obligations under ECS and other town aid? How would you go about it?
100%!! It only makes full sense and is one main way to start getting these idiculously high property taxes in this State lower. The local mayors and selectmen will mostly be the experts on How. My office will be open to them to start getting this done. If there is a fraction of a penny to be saved with better efficiencies, we need to go get it.
Will you try to reopen the SEBAC agreement before it's due to expire in 2027? If so, what might you offer the unions in order to get them to agree to reopen the contract early?
SEBAC is a joke. Labor unions acting as political entities, guaranteeing politicians votes in exchange for ridiculous, back breaking concessions and contracts. Only 4 States are stupid enough to have collective bargaining, and we re the only union State. Worst combination imaginable. State Sovereignty. We don't have to pay for anything we cant afford. Dont think we can greatly reduce the number of State employees? Yes we can.
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?
The overprescription. Where is the Federal leadership in this as step one? Even if we here in CT stop over prescribing, these pills can still cross State lines.
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?
Water shortages? Here in CT? When has this ever been an issue, and why would it be one in the future? This is a non issue. If price gouging happens in the future, then the State government steps in.

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Where and how should state government focus its efforts to grow private sector jobs and improve the business climate?
1) In New York. We are already a better state for business than New York, and a far better state for families: lower cost, better schools, less regulation. NYC earners pay 9% city tax!. I will be in New York every month to tout the benefits of a reviving Connecticut. 2) Throughout CT, by removing regulations that keep business from employing more, selling more, and innovating more. 3) Throughout CT, by removing barriers that keep people, especially women, from starting businesses. 4) Throughout CT, by ending the education monopoly which will attract more families to CT and thereby more businesses to serve them. 5) In Groton, where we should be building submarines for our allies. 6) In East Hartford, Windsor Locks, and Middletown, where we can be designing and building more aircraft for our allies. 7) In Stratford, where we can be designing and building more helicopters for agriculture, fire suppression, mapping, and tourism. 8) In Stamford, where we can be programming to the voracious appetites of overseas video viewers. 9) In Bristol, where we can be developing sports programming to showcase high school athletes worldwide.
Would you sign a bill legalizing recreational marijuana? Why or why not?
For sales to adults, yes. We should not waste energy fighting victimless crimes. We should not make citizens into criminals for minding their own business. Fight REAL crime instead. Marijuana is not a gateway drug; indeed its criminalization makes it a gateway for some who try it, say "big deal, what's the commotion", and then feel that other illegal hard drugs are similarly benign. The revenue we might gain is a flourish - the main reason for legalization is FREEDOM.
Projections suggest we’re facing yet another massive budget gap for 2019. What concrete steps will you take to close that gap?
End state welfare.
In 2016 the Connecticut Retirement Security Program was created. It will give over 600,000 residents in our state a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, how will you continue the implementation of this important program?
I like the incentives. I want employees to see a smorgasbord of retirement incentives, some aided by the stat, most totally private. See more at www.stewartforliberty.com/budget.
Would you support legislation requiring private employers to "ban the box," prohibiting them from asking the question about criminal convictions on a job application?
Government should not meddle in workplace relations. Doing so perverts the free exchange of labor for money. When government presses on one thing in the name of "fairness", it hurts many other realms. Even with a ban on the applications. you can't stop employers from researching conviction records. If it's important to an employer, they should be privy to a candidate's background. Now, some employers will hire ex-cons, especially those who've shown they want to make a new, wholesome life. Let employers have all information. I happen to be pro-rehabilitation. I am for shorter sentences, when behavior has been exemplary; I'm for making better transitions so convicts can job-search in the last 6 months of their incarceration. And in addition to launching a state "G-Force" and "Conn-Force", Connecticut under Mark Stewart will have an "Ex-Con force". I have personally hired ex-con's and it has worked out fine. Mental condition is most important for an employer to make a good hire, and most will not use a check-box screen, especially with this labor shortage. But if they want to screen this way, it is their right.
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?
Extricate from Medicare and ObamaCare, two monstrosities that keep low-income people from saving. Work with DC to get us out of Social Security, the most regressive tax we have. It's especially vile for African-Americans, who pay in longer and on average take benefits for less time after age 65. For the truly poor, i'd like to see more of their services privately funded. Private funds and private control over causes are BETTER for the recipients.
Based on estimates that out-of-state drivers would contribute 30-40% of overall revenue if highway tolls are implemented in Connecticut, would you support tolls with or without offsetting cuts in the state's gas taxes?
No tolls. If NEEDED, we can raise revenue better with mileage-based use fees. These collect revuenue on all-roads, not just 4-lane highways, so it's fairer. Collections can be adjusted for vehicle weight, for high-congestion times and (somewhat) for in-state vs out-of-state vehicles. We can set up Mileage-based use fees in three months, for about $750,000, whereas tolling will take at least three years and over $10,000,000. The same devices help insurance companies determine safer drivers, and help police reconstruct accidents. See more at www.stewartforliberty.com/transportation
What are your transportation priorities?
Until we have an assiduous transportation work force, and a system that rewards getting work done quickly, i would do minimal repairs. After June 2021, we'll be able be much more cost-effective because we won't be as tied to state labor contracts. Then we can enlist crews who actually like when the majority are holding power tools or manning heavy equipment.
Should Connecticut be cooperating with President Trump’s zero-tolerance policies on illegal immigration or resisting?
Very complex. Here goes: Connecticut will protect good immigrants. Good = 1) learned basic English before coming here 2) espoused American values to their own community before coming here. 3) once here have not taken welfare, or are repaying the welfare they obtained This is the kind of immigrant we should WANT. I will protect them. If it comes down to a federal/state dispute, our forces will align to protect residents of our state. Now, in the name of SOVEREIGNTY, we have the right to turn back illegal newcomers. In the name of CULTURE, the great American culture that some recent newcomers (egged on by Leftists and nihilists) wish to dilute, we have the duty to acculturate newcomers to the American way. That means communities that teach their children Sharia law to replace American law, and those who disdain English immersion for their children should be considered "child abusers" and stopped. For all newcomers, we should take the opportunity to steer them to communities where their presence is an asset and not a likely burden. Some cities are overburdened (not because of population, but because they don't let free markets properly serve a growing population) while many rural areas are losing population. We could condition residence for the first seven years in the USA on staying in an underpopulated area "of need". New immigrants create economic vitality of their own. They are often our best entrepreneurs and our best workers for others who run businesses. Their new communities become marketplaces that existing businesses want to serve. Seven years is a modern route to a PhD or a professional firm's partnership. Seven years also approximates the average time a would-be immigrant is held up in limbo, in a country they'd like to flee. Let's open the gates to good immigrant, with conditions. Even with conditions, virtually everybody in line now would gladly exchange to be quickly brought to the best place in human history, the sovereign U.S.A. More is at https://www.stewartforliberty.com/immigration
The 459,000 family caregivers in Connecticut provide an estimated 427 million hours of care each year. Nationwide, nearly seven in ten caregivers report making work accommodations because of caregiving, including arriving late/leaving early, cutting back their hours, changing jobs, or stopping work entirely. Would you support a family leave law that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes?
I support smart employers, and women moving to work for smart employers. In other words. Vote with your feet. Then there's little need for legislation. Legislation is force; volutariness yields better outcomes.
Would you seek to repeal a new Connecticut law that mandates insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act?
I would not enforce the law. We would then SHOW the world the sky is not falling in on needy people, and get the General Assembly to repeal the law. ANY laws that needlessly force businesses into the schemes of a few bureaucrats, so help favored groups, should be repealed. I happen to like using the welfare function to cover pre-existing conditions for children; (I'm ambivalent about coverage for adults.) In all cases, don;t legislate against innocent buisnesses to do your political directives.
Much of Connecticut is economically and racially segregated because many towns lack affordable housing and local zoning regulations prohibit multi-family dwellings. How would you propose incentivizing municipalities to start allowing multi-family units and other affordable housing options?
I would not use the state for carrot-and-stick with towns. Municipalities can decide on their own if they want to have lower cost housing if they want. This way Connecticut will have a wide variety of towns. We can retain some tony towns (which not coincidentally are where most not-so-well-off people would LIKE to go to, and are saving up to make the move). Keeping a standard that is based on wealth and how you keep your property is GOOD; it's why towns with these standards tend to grow. Now,I do encourage towns that want affordable housing to relax their standards for "non-family members in a dwelling". Most towns limit this to three. Were there a high limit, many nice hopes would be available to people who can't afford much.
How should the state address disparities in the Education Cost Sharing formula? What specific modifications would you suggest, if any?
It should abolish ECS. The formula will NEVER be fair. Towns will lobby and win; others will lose. The best way for fairer education is choice in schools. Let families choose a school in a different district if it's better for their child. In the process, this "market competition" will make almost all schools Better. They have to be better or they'll have to close.
Will you work to regionalize local services with an eye toward creating efficiencies and reducing the state's obligations under ECS and other town aid? How would you go about it?
No. Again, ECS should give way to a state-wide voucher system. See my "First 500" plan for schools at https://www.stewartforliberty.com/education
Will you try to reopen the SEBAC agreement before it's due to expire in 2027? If so, what might you offer the unions in order to get them to agree to reopen the contract early?
No. I keep SEBAC as is. I honor promises. The best way the state gets out of a bad agreement AND uplifts workers is by encouraging privatization of many state functions. Then workers peel themselves out of SEBAC. They get more control over their workplace, higher pay, and even the incentive to launch a new, private service, with the state as their first client. See more at https://www.stewartforliberty.com/reviving-ct
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?
The government's response should be minimal. People pay little attention to laws unless there's a MORAL component. So let's re-instill one: don;t put anything in your body God didn't intend you to ingest. You can get high on life withoout drugs; God gives us such beautiful activities, and lets us visit such awe-inspiring places, all while listening to any music you can imagine...why the HELL do you need anything more!!!. As for opiods ingested because of a desire to avoid pan...deal with a little pain. And if you must take something to relieve it, know that a temporary good feeling is NOT to be replicated. In essence, just...say..."no". You have a brain. It can make great use of your glands ornd sensual pleasures.
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?
I am not educated enough here. I do know that our General Assembly has given utilities like Eversource too much deference in the past.