State of Connecticut Archives: on Government Reform

David Walker: Constitution State should call for Constitutional Convention

The time has come for the states to call for a Constitutional Convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution in regard to fiscal, election and states rights matters. As the "Constitution State", Connecticut should be a leader rather than a laggard in making such a Convention a reality. It's also time for Connecticut to convene a state Constitutional convention to propose selected fiscal and election reforms to the state constitution.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

David Walker: Lifetime ban from government if guilty of public corruption

Connecticut needs to raise the bar in connection with public corruption, conflict of interest, and financial disclosure at both the state and municipal levels. For example, public officials who are guilty of public corruption should be banned for life from holding any government position and municipal employees should not be able to serve on local legislative bodies. In addition, recall provisions should be allowed in circumstances where public officials engage in illegal or unethical activities.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

David Walker: Support local non-profits to take over social services

Privatization: The State of Connecticut has too many state owned and controlled social service entities. It's time to streamline state government and support local non-profit entities to improve both the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of delivering essential services to the public.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

David Walker: Eliminate egregious loopholes in state campaign finance law

Public Financing: Recent changes to our state's public financing law [campaign state matching funds for candidates] that were pushed by the Governor and the legislature have served to undercut the fundamental purpose of public financing. Therefore, the law needs to either be reformed to eliminate the egregious loopholes or repealed. I prefer that it be reformed.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Susan Bysiewicz: Repeal Citizens United; end loopholes for special interests

Murphy and Bysiewicz agreed on the necessity for legislative action or a constitutional amendment to modify or repeal a Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, that they said has given more power to special interests to affect campaigns.

Bysiewicz criticized the effects of "loopholes and incentives" for special interests and said that "This election is all about restoring a sense of balance to Washington."

Source: Minuteman News Center on 2012 CT Senate debate May 30, 2012

Susan Bysiewicz: Public financing for federal elections

Murphy said he was "proud" to work on Connecticut's laws calling for publicly financed campaigns and said Washington should follow the same model. He also proposed a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allowed the formation of political committees that could accept unlimited donations.

Bysiewicz also said she would propose a bill to bring public financing to federal elections similar to the ones that apply to Connecticut's statewide races. She also pitched a plan to ban gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists. "Wealthy people have enough advocates in Washington," Bysiewicz said. "That's what this primary is about. It's about who will stand up for the middle class."

Source: Easton Daily Voice on 2012 CT Senate debate May 24, 2012

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