My bipartisan gun stance. I've added SB1160.
Before I get to my proposal I want to inform everyone I got beat up by both the far Right and the far Left on trying to find this reasonable compromise.
Hartford homicides as of a few days ago were at 19 compared to 11 in last year.
Last year’s total of non-fatal shooting victims was 120! Which was the highest it’s been at least since 2012.
Hartford on March 26th 2017 for the number of shots fired was— 197 compared to 116 at the same time in 2016 and 75 in 2015. It's the most in well over a decade. That does not include smaller caliber gunshots which often go undetected by the shot spotter system and or go unreported by citizens complaints.
Currently the Connecticut Uniform Crime Report does not track convicted felons with guns. Google that and convicted felon arrested with a gun in our state. You will see plenty of these.
*On a draft report on the CT State response time on roughly 50% of the 911 priority calls were over 10 minutes.
*I am a law abiding citizen and legally licensed to carry in both CT and PA.
*I am for background checks.
*I will not add any further restrictions on other law abiding gun owners.
*I am for changing the current magazine restriction to "standard" issue from the manufacturer.
*I am for changing "off" duty certified police officers to be allowed to carry concealed in public schools. As per current state statute off duty officers can make felony arrests.
*National Guardsmen with written permission from their Commanding Officer and a valid state pistol permit will be allowed to carry to and from their place of duty.
*I'm for creating a task force between federal, state, local law enforcement, and the CT national guard to track and ensure convicted felons do not get guns.
*I'm for full enforcement of convicted felons with a firearm.
*Reciprocity agreements with states of similar training, background checks, and laws similar to Connecticut for permit to carry.
*For example In Virginia you do NOT have to demonstrate safe handling of a firearm or perform a "live fire". That state will not have reciprocity.
*I would also like that task force task to bridge the gap with other states.
*If both the state house, and the state senate passed legislation to repeal SB1160 I would sign it.
*Lastly I'm a for continuing the Reserve State Police force, to assist in this gun epidemic.
What’s the difference? What does it have to do with the state budget? Deficit is a measure of a single year’s budget shortfall, it's a difference between what our state government takes in and what it spends. In recent years, the deficit has been increasing, thanks to bad leadership, people and companies leaving, and increasing government spending. Our upcoming deficit will hit a mind-boggling $6 Billion for the next two fiscal years.
Part of the annual budget goes to paying debt. Debt=all money owed, which is an astonishing $80-100 Billion. Our tax dollars paid over $2 Billion towards debt last fiscal year alone! Learn more on how I will fix both at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
Jobs come from new and current businesses, not just small ones. Connecticut is not respecting business, and is harming them. We need to adapt to numerous rapidly changing social and economic factors. Create a state for more opportunities in technology, energy, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and tourism. Learn more at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
Revenue will be increased by expanding Connecticut’s rural growth, and technology. We will create a new "Destination Connecticut Development" and make Connecticut the top place to visit. State property sales and a new "State Closure and Realignment" Commission (SCRC.) will be enacted. Fireworks legalization in Connecticut, and more will take place. Learn more at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
Marijuana will be legalized for those 21 years and older. States like Colorado have seen more than $1 billion in sales. Driving under the influence (DUI), or Working under the influence (WUI); abuse will not be tolerated. Learn more at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
My tax goals are to establish a work "Half Tax Week" before the holidays, and establish a Tax FREE weekend around July 4th. Reducing taxes in combination with reductions in state lavish and thriftless spending is proven to be effective. We need to be able to enjoy life in our state. Learn more about Micah's plan on taxes at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
The Governor’s proposed Budget will not exceed expected state income. The proposed budget will also be shifted and made public in November. This allows the State Legislature to shift their fiscal analysis as well. In return, municipal leaders should have a better grasp of the state’s fiscal condition and be better able. Fiscally mismanaged cities will fall under better bipartisan state oversight. Learn more at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
I have heard over and over again how the people’s voices in Connecticut fall on deaf ears. Therefore, I will create the petition initiative modeling Former President Obama’s online petition initiative. This will ensure that your voices will be heard - and answered. Learn more at http://www.micah4ct.com/platform
Once I am elected governor, I promise to first cut my salary in half. Secondly I will work with the Connecticut General Assembly to enact the "Recall Vote". In other words, I will earn your trust and respect. The people should not be burdened with a governor for four painstaking years. Under my administration, the people will have the ability to recall a sitting governor. To learn more go to http://www.micah4ct.com/platform