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Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…the #1 Problem Facing Connecticut

August 13, 2018 By Staff
Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…the #1 Problem Facing Connecticut

The sixth part in Reclaim Connecticut's eight-part series, examining where the Republican gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues facing primary voters.

On August 14, Connecticut Republicans will go to the polls to decide on a five-way primary for the Republican nomination for governor.

They can choose between party-endorsed Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), businessman Steve Obsitnik, businessman Bob Stefanowski, and businessman David Stemerman.

Reclaim Connecticut reached out to all five candidates with eight key questions facing Republican voters who go to the polls on August 14. We will post their answers in an eight-part series.

For part six, we asked the candidates: “What is the number-one problem facing Connecticut in 2018? What are your solutions to this problem?”

Here are their answers, in the order we received them.

DAVID STEMERMAN

“I’m a self-made businessman and a father of five who is running to make our state a place where families and businesses want to be and are able to thrive. I’ve made tough decisions all through my career, and I’ll bring my independence and ability to spot opportunities – and fix problems – to Hartford to represent the people of Connecticut, not the special interests and the insiders.”

“I’ve also provided policy details where the other candidates have offered only soundbites. All of the Republican candidates tell you that they’ll cut your taxes and shrink the size of the state government; unlike them, I’ve presented bold and credible plans to cut taxes for everyone and have done the math to show how we pay for them, to get our state out of the disaster that Dan Malloy has left us with. My plans are detailed, they’ve been noticed by the voters, endorsed by the Hartford Courant and Kevin Rennie, and they’re all available on my website in full color.”

BOB STEFANOWSKI

“The number one problem facing Connecticut is the Malloy economy. Since introducing a state income tax in 1991, we have had the slowest job growth in the entire nation – with 6,600 jobs lost in October 2017 alone. More people are leaving Connecticut than almost every other state. In the last 10 years, we have lost $6 billion in adjusted gross income from people moving to Florida! When elected, I will get rid of the income tax, and make Connecticut a destination for business and jobs.”

MARK BOUGHTON

“Unless we put an end to the cycle of tax increases followed by budget deficits which have led to more tax increases, we cannot accomplish any of our goals. We have to start by reducing the state income tax which will result in economic expansion. Cutting spending and rooting out fraud and wasteful government bureaucracy must go hand in hand with reducing taxes.”

TIM HERBST

Herbst’s campaign did not respond to multiple inquiries from Reclaim Connecticut.

STEVE OBSITNIK

Obsitnik’s campaign did not respond to multiple inquiries from Reclaim Connecticut.