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June, 2015 - With adjournment of the 2015 Connecticut legislative session, Our America Initiative supports advocacy to ask state representatives and senators to re-introduce for next year's session several bills left unpassed in the just-ended session, dealing with the right of armed defense, the right to voter choices, the right to personal marijuana use, and the right to engage in regular family decisions over health and education without undue government interference. On gun control, Our America seeks in 2016 reintroduction of HB 5196, to repeal the 2013 gun control law whose discriminatory stance on the disabled garnered a lawsuit. To ease the challenge of getting onto the ballot to give voters more choices, we hope in 2016 to pass HB 5303 and HB 5304, bills to allow any statewide office to carry all statewide offices, any office to carry all downticket offices except state legislative offices, and to require that voter registration forms offer all registration-qualified parties as options instead of only major parties. To end marijuana prohibition, Our America encourages reintroduction of HB 6703, to legalize marijuana for recreational use for those 21 and over, subject to regulation and taxation. To establish parental rights over children's education and health decisions, Our America supports HB 6238, to protect against arbitrary enforcement actions and protect homeschooling. If you have additional law changes for Our America to pursue, or want to help with advocacy, please contact Connecticut's Our America director.
January, 2015 - Our America Initiative supports HB 5303 and HB 5304 (both by Representative Carney), to allow parties earning 1% in certain elections to receive ballot access for a multitude of other offices, and, respectively, listing qualified parties on the voter registration forms which helps equal the playing field among competing parties. Polls show most voters are dissatisfied with the lack of choices in elections, and evidence shows choices improve the quality of all offerings in any market. Please email your representative and senator your request that they support HB 5303, HB 5304 and any other measure to end ballot protectionism for the dominant parties, and instead give voters the choices they demand. The Ballot Access Initiative coalition behind this project has more information. You can help voter choices nationally, too, by supporting our petition and lawsuit for the Debate Commission to accept all viable candidates. With your donation and the advice of our Advisory Councils on Civil Liberties and Over-Regulation, we could attempt through more of our fifty state affiliates to ease ballot access to give voters more choices.
January, 2015 - Our America Initiative joins Connecticut's think tank, the Yankee Institute, in calling for a reduction at the state level in government taxation, spending and regulation. It is because of profligate spending, punitive taxes and red tape (regulations) that our state continues in squalor at the bottom 10 for business climate. One in twenty state residents has given up on seeking employment, the job situation is so bad. Please email your state representative and senator to consider recommendations from the Yankee Institute's announcement of the new legislative session and report for a smaller, more efficient government, to allow private Connecticut entrepreneurs to keep more resources to create jobs. Specifics include retaining a cap on the growth of government spending, applying transparency requirements to all levels of the bureaucracy, repealing health regulations limiting the availability of services, conforming government pensions with private sector options, prioritizing transportation spending and relieving utilities of mandates based on politics. Of course state economies reflect national performance too, and we invite supporters to sign our petition to abolish the IRS, since without an income tax corporations would have more money with which to invest in job-creating businesses, in every state including Connecticut. With your donation now and input from our Advisory Councils on Economic Growth and Over-Regulation, we can advance job-creating policies through more of our fifty state affiliates.