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Ned Lamont & Susan Bysiewicz


Ned Lamont
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Susan Bysiewicz
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LWVCT - Do you support or oppose the ballot question on the Transportation Lockbox? Please explain your position.
I would end raids on our already-strapped transportation fund. Connecticut's crumbling roads, bridges, and rails are in urgent need of repair. Revenues raised for that purpose must go toward ensuring our residents enjoy a safe, easy, and affordable commute to work and school. That's why I support the ballot question -- and why I'll raise $350 million for infrastructure investments by asking the heavy-duty tractor-trailers that do the lion's share of damage to our roads to pay their fair share. The transportation lockbox is emblematic of the kind of reform I would bring to Hartford. I will create a fair and honest state budget balanced without gimmicks or last-minute raids on roads, schools, towns, and important social services. Residents and small businesses deserve transparency, certainty, and respect from their government.

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?
Gun violence is a public health and public safety crisis robbing generations of Americans of their future. I'm proud to have been endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety, the Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action, CT Against Gun Violence, and Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. As governor, I will defend and tighten Connecticut's gun safety laws, prevent alleged domestic abusers subject to temporary restraining orders from purchasing firearms, support legislation to keep us safe from 3D-printed ghost guns, and invest in evidence-based interventions that remove handguns from city streets and address endemic gun violence in certain underserved neighborhoods.
The contrast could not be clearer. Republican Bob Stefanowski received an "A" from the NRA, pledged to repeal post-Sandy Hook gun safety reforms, and talked about changing laws that limit guns at our children's schools. I'm the only candidate in this race who supports the common-sense gun safety measures required to prevent further tragedies.

LWVCT - Do you support either in-person early voting and/or expanded use of absentee-ballot (mail-in) voting?
Yes. Safeguarding voting rights and eliminating barriers that drive down voter turnout are critical jobs for the next administration. Nearly a quarter of Connecticut voters, and nearly half of those in our largest cities, stayed home in the 2016 presidential election. Susan Bysiewicz and I will work closely with the secretary of state to identify new opportunities for citizens to register and exercise their right to vote. That means registering people who interact with state government, as we currently register those who get a driver's license, allowing people the opportunity to vote in person for days or weeks before Election Day, and expanding mail-in voting.

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

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