Abrams will be a positive influence in the State Senate, vowing to work for what is in the best interest of all her constituents with an understanding that compromise and working across the aisle is the best way to get things done.
Negative karma? Look at Abrams' opponent Republican Len Suzio's voting record at www.VoteSmart.org at bit.ly/2CQ8bLa. A lot more Nays than Yeas on that list and the interesting thing is that every time there was a Suzio Nay the bill passed.
THE SUZIO RECORD
Suzio supported an unbalanced Republican budget that raised taxes and drastically cut services, and then opposed the compromise bi-partisan budget.
The Republican budget, which Suzio voted for, would have:
· cut higher education funding by $393 million, resulting in dramatically raised tuition, reduced financial aid, closed some regional campuses, eliminated many academic programs, increased class sizes, and reduced scientific and medical research programs
· raised taxes by $153 million on poor people with jobs and families through reduction of the Earned Income Tax Credit
· instituted $20 million in new “government agency fees”
· pushed local property taxes higher by eliminating the automobile property tax break and raiding the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account
· harmed the environment by taking $26 million from the Connecticut Green Bank, which funds energy-efficiency investments for businesses and residents
· eliminated funding for programs including youth literacy, child care, minority teacher incentive, small business assistance, manufacturing economic development, and Connecticut’s clean elections system
· continued to under-fund the state’s pension obligations, leading to massive future-year deficits.
Suzio opposed common sense measures to reduce gun violence, voting against a ban on “bump stocks,” the rapid-fire device used in the Las Vegas massacre, and voting against a ban on untraceable “ghost guns.”
The nonpartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters placed Len Suzio on its “Wall of Shame” (only two legislators out of 187 had that disgrace). On its 2018 scorecard, Suzio had the worst environmental voting record of any state senator.
Suzio was only one of two senators to vote against legislation concerning climate change, which establishes a new greenhouse gas reduction requirement and planning to protect people and property against the effects of sea level rise.
As Chair of the Committee on Children, Suzio voted against protecting children from the sale of children’s products containing flame retardant chemicals that may pose health hazards.
As Chair of the Committee on Children, Suzio voted against prohibiting the use of toxic rubber mulch, which contains known carcinogens, on municipal and school playgrounds.
Suzio voted against expansion of the Connecticut Family Medical Leave Act, which allows employees time off for illness, for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a sick family member.
Suzio has steadfastly opposed a woman’s right to choose and sought to defund women’s health services, including funding for a Meriden health clinic that served 4,400 patients.
Suzio voted against allowing Election Day registration to increase voter participation.
Suzio voted against the use of medical marijuana by patients with serious health conditions.
Suzio voted against legislation to allow collective bargaining for day care workers and personal care attendants.
Suzio voted against discrimination protection based on gender identity or expression.
Despite his tough-on-crime bluster, Suzio personally sought the early release of a politically-connected embezzler who stole $1 million and had served only one-tenth of his sentence.
Suzio bankrupted and abandoned his business, leaving behind a toxic waste site that local taxpayers had to pay millions to clean up, and refusing to return over $500,000 in deposits to 41 families seeking to build new homes.