Flanigan for Senate
  • Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has deeply affected Connecticut residents from all walks of life. These terrible addictions not only affect the victim, but the surrounding community as well. In 2015, I proudly worked on combatting this issue in Cape Cod, which was widely considered the heroin capital of the country. I prepared recommendations for Rep. David Vieira, a member of Governor Baker’s Executive Council, which was preparing to submit its recommendations for the state’s health curriculum framework. In 2017, I proudly collaborated with Rep. Robert Lancia in a push for substance abuse education and suicide prevention to be entered into the state’s health education curriculum. On June 30th, 2017, after a vote of 74-0, HB 5177 was signed into law in Rhode Island. This is not a Republican issue, nor a Democrat issue. This is a human issue.

    As your next State Senator, I will do the following:

    1. Work with members of both parties to best combat this issue
    2. Make it a priority to prevent addiction in the first place, both by working with medical professionals and increasing education in our schools
    3. Ensure the proper resources are available for those who are struggling with addiction
    4. Review and propose innovative new measures to not only treat addicts in the short term, but long term
    5. Support law-enforcement in their search for traffickers

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  • Education

    Education lies at the center of everything. It is the key to success of our future generations. I will fight to provide the resources our district needs to educate our children, see them through college, and retain them.

    As your next State Senator, I will take these steps:

    1. Rehabilitate Vocational Training Programs and Schools: More students are seeking admission to technical high schools, yet funding for technical high schools has repeatedly been reduced by Democrats.
    2. Promote and Pitch New Programs at Schools and Universities: Many of our district’s biggest industries require special training or specific programs. Unfortunately for many of our manufacturers, local schools and state universities do not offer the necessary programs. I will make sure that local employers needs are heard loud and clear throughout all campuses.
    3. Fight Excess Spending at State Universities: State colleges should prioritize the students. While UConn has doubled its spending since 2003, the administration has not hired enough teachers to keep pace with student growth. Instead, it is rapidly expanding its management staff. The burden of paying these new staff members has shifted to students in the form of higher tuition, which prices many students out of college altogether. The burden that is being put on students in this state is simply unacceptable.
    4. Fight for every penny of municipal aid

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  • Veterans

    We will ALWAYS be indebted to our veterans. Veterans risked their lives to protect our freedoms overseas, so it is only fair that we protect them back home. As your State Senator and voice in Hartford, I can guarantee I will be the state’s fiercest defender of veterans.

    As your State Senator, you can count on me:

    1. Voting in favor of veteran’s benefits
    2. Improving the quality of the Rocky Hill Veterans Home
    3. Improving Disabled Veteran Benefits in Title 27 of the General Statutes of Connecticut
    4. Protecting veteran’s rights

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  • Infrastructure

    It is no secret that fiscal mismanagement in Hartford has led to poor infrastructure. In a recent US News study, only 14.6% of Connecticut residents said they were satisfied with the status of our infrastructure. The legislature needs to rethink how we should approach these projects.

    As your State Senator, I will:

    1. Preserve and protect the Special Transportation Fund: The Special Transportation Fund should be used for the purpose intended and should not be raided.
    2. Push legislation that cuts the “red tape” that often delays critical infrastructure projects by 50% or more.
    3. Put an end to wasteful spending habits
    4. Encourage institutions in Connecticut to have a special stake in the solution
    5. Consider Public-Private Partnerships

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  • Economy

    You don’t need to be an economist to realize that the same tax and spend policies have greatly failed Connecticut residents. We need to be bold! To gain a competitive edge, I am supporting Dr. Arthur Laffer’s plan to restore prosperity in our district and our state. You can read my full plan to revitalize Connecticut here. In the meantime, here are some quick points to know:

    1. Step 1: Phase out the corporate income tax and business entity tax over 2 years
    2. Step 2: Phase out the state income tax over 8 years
    3. Step 3: Immediately eliminate the gift and estate tax
    4. Step 4: Embrace zero-based budgeting by adjusting spending to revenue and not the other way around

    If you want to understand my rationale for supporting this plan, click here!

  • Sexual Assault

    We need to tighten laws regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation. Criminals are catching breaks under our current criminal justice system. By granting these convicts early releases and time off (via Governor Malloy’s Risked Reduction Earned Credit Program), we are re-victimizing the victim, dissuading other victims from coming forward, and sending a message that sexual assault isn’t a big deal. The criminals are getting a second chance, not the victims. Among the first cohort of inmates released early under the RREC program, we identified 154 rape charges. I will send a clear message to Hartford: I will stand strong and protect my constituents from violent offenders. Here’s a couple important steps I believe the legislature needs to implement:

    1. Propose legislation making it mandatory for college campuses to carry rape kits
    2. Propose legislation enforcing harsh penalties for false accusations
    3. Propose shorter timeframes regarding the state’s mandatory testing
    4. Push for the removal of the statute of limitations on rape
    5. Promote clear policies for handling rape kits, such as reducing procedural obstacles

    Please read some more of my thoughts, as well as relevant and often ignored statistics, click here!

  • Tolls

    Rep. Guerrera, when asked about his recent proposal to implement tolls said, “You see a tax, I look at it as a user fee.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly the problem. Governor Malloy’s pawns in the legislature fail to consider hard working families, and continue to ignore the ramifications of TAXES, not “user fees”. Connecticut already has the second highest tax burden in the country. There are a lot of unanswered questions that need to be answered before there is a final vote. However, up to this point, I am firmly against tolls. Here are some factors to consider:

    1. Gasoline taxes and other fees could be siphoned off for other purposes, even if the toll money could not. Once again, transportation money can be misappropriated.
    2. Tolls cannot be placed only on the borders exclusively in towns such as Enfield, Greenwich, Danbury, Union, and Stonington. Instead, they must be spread throughout the state, as well as at the borders.
    3. Tolls and proposed gas taxes will continue to hurt small businesses. All trades (electricians, carpenters, etc.) will have to pay higher taxes and tolls to service their customers. In the end, ultimately the customer will be paying the price, when small business owners are forced to charge more to offset the costs.
    4. We have different taxing circumstances that other states don’t have, such as property taxes, a two-part gas tax, and a number of other taxes.
    5. We always hear about how silly it is to be the only state in this corridor to not have tolls. However, think about this: if passed, Connecticut will instantly become the most heavily tolled state in the nation. New York, for example, is one of the most heavily tolled states in the country. Yet only 33% of its interstate highway miles are subject to tolls. Massachusetts uses tolls on 139 miles of its 565 miles of interstate highways (26%). Democrats are looking to make up for years of fiscal irresponsibility with a drastic, middle-class busting bill.
    6. Most importantly, Connecticut spends more money on highways than most other states, but we still have some of the poorest conditions in the nation. If the Malloy administration, in combination with the Democratic legislature can’t be trusted with tax dollars currently devoted to transportation, what’s to say that more dollars under their watch will improve the situation?

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