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CCM is live with “2018 Election Central” website to inform and engage the public and urge voters to push candidates for answers on key state-local issues

CCM is live with “2018 Election Central” website to inform and engage the public and urge voters to push candidates for answers on key state-local issues

For Immediate Release

Kevin Maloney

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) has  turned the switch and gone live with its 2018 Election Central website as a key portal for residents and local leaders across Connecticut to push the gubernatorial and state-legislative candidates for the stances – and to assess their answers – on key state-local legislative issues as the state’s political races enter their critical last 30 days of campaigning.

CCM’s Election Campaign 2018 site is designed to educate and influence the candidates for Governor and the General Assembly on the key state-local issues affecting Connecticut local governments. 

“We strongly encourage municipal leaders and the residents in their communities to actively us this site to press their candidates on being accountable on the issues that will be critical to local governments and property taxpayers when the new governor and state legislators take office and prepare for a very challenging 2019 General Assembly session,” emphasized Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. 

Go the CCM website landing page – https://www.ccm-ct.org/ElectionCenter  – to see the questions and the answers from candidates who have responded and as well as candidates who have not addressed the CCM questionnaires – yet.

And the 2018 Election Central efforts will culminate at CCM’s October 30 statewide convention of municipal leaders when CCM will host the last gubernatorial debate before Election Day — sponsored by CCM, WTNH News 8 and The Hartford Courant. 

Sample questions back to top

Here is a sample of the 12 questions posed to the gubernatorial candidates from CCM (see the election site for the complete questions and the answers that have been submitted):

What are your plans to address municipalities’ over-reliance on the property tax, and are you supportive of efforts to allow cities and towns to directly diversify their revenue streams? If yes, what revenue options would you consider? If not, what course of action would you pursue instead?

How would you address the growing issue of unfunded state mandates and reduced municipal aid? What specific unfunded mandates are you willing to eliminate or fully fund?

How will you address the escalating annual cost of the Teachers’ Retirement System, which is scheduled to rise to a $6 billion payment in 2032, and the unfunded state pension and healthcare liabilities?

How do you propose lessening the inequities within our public education system and closing the achievement gap between our more affluent and poorer school districts?

Here is a sample of different questions posed to state-legislative candidates on CCM’s 2018 Election Central (see the election site for the complete questions and the answers that have been submitted):

What proposals will you initiate to help mitigate the rising cost of providing special education services for school districts?

What are your plans to fund needed maintenance and improvements to Connecticut’s state and local road infrastructure?

What specific proposals do you have to increase regional efficiencies and remove barriers that are inhibiting regional municipal efforts?

And as the 2018 campaign season enters the home stretch, CCM will continue to issue a range of public policy candidate bulletins highlighting key state-local issues for candidates to address in the thick of the election season. The bulletins are relied upon by incumbent lawmakers and challenger’s alike, municipal chief executives, and other state and federal leaders, and are designed to educate policy-makers on solutions to key state-local issues.