On the trail: gubernatorial contenders on taxes, tolerance and transportation

A noticeable midsummer lull in the statewide political races did not extend to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and Republican challenger Bob Stefanowski, who continued their daily skirmishes as the Candidates from minor parties weighed in from the edges of the fray.

“Since you are the governor for everyone in CT, do you care at all what Republicans and Independents think of your policies? Have you ever tried to compromise with them? »

– Question posed to Lamont during a #AskNedAnything video Twitter session by @Anne36100925, a self-proclaimed “wife, mother, grandmother.”

“We tried to do everything we could on a bipartisan basis. The crime bill was bipartisan. The mental health bill was bipartisan. Our budget was bipartisan. In fact, a lot of people say I look a bit like a Republican, but I think like a Democrat.

— Lamont’s reply to @Anne36100925.

“We’re going to lower car taxes so no one is struggling to pay more for a Honda in Hartford than a Hummer in Harwinton. Under my tax reduction proposal, approximately 1.7 million vehicles in more than 100 CT cities will see a reduced tax bill this summer.

– Lamont’s statement announcing a plan to cut car tax bills by capping property tax on vehicles at 32 mills, from 45 mills.

“Another hollow election-year promise by @GovNedLamont turned out to be false. @NewTaxNed promised to cut your car taxes; instead, they went up! As Governor, I will put politics aside and make the necessary reforms to make CT more affordable for residents. »

— Stefanowski’s social media post about how people in many cities are still paying more for car taxes despite the reduction in the rate per mile, as the value of used cars has increased dramatically during the pandemic.

Governor Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz also participated in the parade in Bridgeport.

“The momentum is strong and growing behind this campaign. More than 2,300 people in times of financial difficulty choose to invest in change. They want leadership that will prioritize making Connecticut an affordable, safe, and responsive state in which they can live and work.

— Press release from Stefanowski about his campaign receiving over $650,000 in donations in the last fundraising quarter.

“Bob Stefanowski’s campaign is backed by anti-choice activists, anti-LGBTQ+ allies and hate groups, so it’s hardly surprising that extremist organizations are funding his campaign.”

–State Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Adrienne Billings-Smith’s quote in a press release regarding large donations to political action committees that support Stefanowski and other Republican candidates, including a $500,000 contribution in February at CT Truth Pac by David Kelsey, Co-Founder and Principal Funder of CT Examiner.

“We need more tolerance, not less, for people from all walks of life and that’s what we need to teach our children. We should inspire hope, not spread fear. And we need leaders to talk about it loud and clear because it’s the right thing to do.

– Social media post by Rob Hotaling, who is set to receive the Independent Party’s gubernatorial nomination, regarding the controversy over a book about drag queen RuPaul which was removed from the children’s section of the Colchester Public Library after a request from the first councilor of the city.

“If you are looking to relocate to a state that supports women’s rights and whose actions and laws are steadfast in favor of tolerance and inclusion, Connecticut is the place for you. Connecticut has a reputation for offering equal opportunity for all and one of the strongest records in the protection of reproductive rights.

–Part of a letter from Lamont urging businesses from abortion-banned states to relocate to Connecticut.

“Hey @GovNedLamont, did you mention this to all the biz you suggested moving to CT? Yup CT has a lot to offer them – sky high taxes, energy costs, insurance rates, commute times to name a few.

— Social media post from state Republican Party Chairman Ben Proto noting a Tax Foundation report that Connecticut has the second highest tax burden in the nation after New York.

“As more and more people return to rail service, they want faster trains, more options and increased service. These express trains offer the fastest routes in a decade between New Haven and Grand Central. »

– Lamont’s announcement that six new trains on the New Haven line and seven new weekday trains on the Waterbury branch line have started service.

“Public transport is not working for those who need it most. And the only response from the single party in charge is to bankrupt the special transport fund, withdraw the necessary funds from infrastructure while asking residents to pay more.

— Statement by Stefanowski on his campaign website.

“It can be done in CT and it will be done under my administration.”

– Social media post by Connecticut Green Party gubernatorial candidate Michelle Louise Bicking commenting on a post about the success of high-speed rail in Europe.

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