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Chris Perone

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Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives (2017 - Present)

Connecticut State House, District 137 (2005 - Present)

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Connecticut State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- The three main issues confronting the state over the next several years are going to be Education, Property Taxes, and Transportation.

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

1. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- Yes

2. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Yes

3. Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Connecticut are closed?
- Yes

4. Should Connecticut recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

5. Should Connecticut restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
- Undecided

6. Should Connecticut recognize same-sex marriages recognized in another state?
- Undecided

7. Should Connecticut recognize same-sex civil unions recognized in another state?
- Yes

8. Should Connecticut allow smoking in designated rooms in restaurants and bars?
- No

9. Should courts be allowed to revoke or reduce any retirement benefits for Connecticut officials who commit crimes in office?
- Yes

10. Should Connecticut create a statewide ethics code for municipal officials?
- Yes

11. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

12. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should always be legal.
- X

2. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

5. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

7. Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
- X

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
- X

4. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- X

5. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- No Answer

6. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- X

7. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

8. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

9. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- X

10. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- X

11. Support the death penalty in Connecticut.
- No Answer

12. Support sending inmates to out-of-state prisons in order to reduce prison crowding.
- No Answer

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- No Answer

2. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- No Answer

3. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

4. Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
- X

5. Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
- No Answer

6. Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- X

7. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- No Answer

8. Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- X

9. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

10. Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
- X

11. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- X

12. Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

13. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

14. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
- X

2. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- X

3. Bar businesses that outsource jobs from receiving government contracts and tax breaks.
- No Answer

4. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- No Answer

5. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

6. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

7. Increase the state minimum wage.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- X

2. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- No Answer

5. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
- X

6. Require a license for gun possession.
- X

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

8. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- X

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- X

2. Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

4. Cap the amount of non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- No Answer

5. Encourage embryonic stem cell research in Connecticut.
- X

6. Legalize physician assisted suicide in Connecticut.
- No Answer

7. Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- No Answer

8. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- X

9. Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
- X

10. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut governors?
- No

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut state senators and representatives?
- No

Environment and Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

2. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- X

3. Support funding for open space preservation.
- X

4. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- X

5. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
- No Answer

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

1. Education (higher)
- Maintain Status

2. Education (K-12)
- Greatly Increase

3. Environment
- Maintain Status

4. Health care
- Greatly Increase

5. Law enforcement
- Slightly Increase

6. Transportation and highway infrastructure
- Slightly Increase

7. Welfare
- Maintain Status

8. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

1. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

2. Alcohol taxes
- No Answer

3. Cigarette taxes
- No Answer

4. Corporate taxes
- No Answer

5. Gasoline taxes
- No Answer

6. Property taxes
- No Answer

7. Sales taxes
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

9. Vehicle taxes
- No Answer

10. Estate taxes
- No Answer

11. Do you support increased taxes to pay for improvements to Connecticut's commuter rail system?
- No

12. Do you support increased fares to pay for improvements to Connecticut's commuter rail system?
- No

13. Do you support bonding to pay for improvements to Connecticut's commuter rail system?
- Yes

14. Capital gains taxes
- No Answer

15. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- No Answer

16. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- No Answer

17. Should Internet sales be taxed?
- No

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

1. PAC
- Yes

2. Political Parties
- Yes

3. Individual
- Yes

4. Corporate
- Yes

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

1. Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
- X

2. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

3. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- X

4. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- No Answer

5. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

6. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
- X

7. Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

8. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

1. Public employment
- Yes

2. State contracting
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

4. State college and university admissions
- Yes

Articles

Gov Malloy: Small Businesses are Crucial to Growing our Economy

Jan. 19

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that five additional small businesses have qualified for grants through the state's Small Business Express Program (EXP) to expand their businesses and create jobs. EXP was created as a part of the bi-partisan jobs bill that was passed during the October Special Session. "Last year, when I met with business owners and chief executives on my Jobs Tour, I heard firsthand about the tough the challenges they face and what they needed to overcome them," said Governor Malloy. "The Small Business Express Program is designed to provide an accessible source of much-needed funding that will help our small enterprises make a big impact in their communities. It's just one more way we're trying to begin an economic revival in cities and towns across our state." In total, EXP will provide $100 million to help the state's small businesses hire more employees and fund capital investments. The program, administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), offers loans and matching grants to Connecticut companies with fewer than 50 employees. "EXP is a program that was designed with small businesses in mind. This program is about getting working capital out the door quickly and efficiently so that our smaller companies can put it to work for them immediately and start putting more of Connecticut's resident to work," said DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith. "This program is building momentum -- we're constantly getting new submissions from interested business owners and we're approving new applications every day." The five small businesses announced today are: Elka Precision of Plainville is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of hydrostatic spindles, tables, and slides that improve grinding accuracy and reduce grinding times for the overall improvement of machined products. Elka Precision plans to begin an aggressive campaign to market its products overseas, including European and Asian markets. The company, which plans to hire eight new employees, will receive a Job Creation Incentive loan of $250,000 to use for equipment, training, travel, and other related expenses. "What great news for Elka Precision and great news for Plainville," said State Senator Jason Welch (R-Bristol). "The bipartisan jobs bill puts small businesses first by providing much needed assistance for companies wishing to expand and hire more employees. This announcement is a perfect example of how the policies we create in Hartford can keep and grow jobs right here in central Connecticut." "This is a solid investment in job growth," said State Representative Betty Boukus (D-Plainville). "This commitment to Elka Precision sends an important message that Governor Malloy and the legislature are committed to growing manufacturing jobs here in Connecticut." Norwich Printing Company was founded and incorporated in 1992 as part of the Minuteman Press Franchise and has been growing ever since -- going from a two-person operation to eight full-time employees. The printing company plans to grow and expand even further by using its $48,357 grant to buy four new pieces of equipment. "Small businesses are pulling our economy out of the muck," said State Representative Melissa Riley (D-Norwich). "I want to thank Governor Malloy for this grant to Norwich Printing and for his commitment to small businesses across the state." "I am so happy that the Norwich Printing Company is getting this funding to expand its production capabilities," said State Senator Edith Prague (D-Columbia). "News like this is proof that the Governor's jobs bill is working, which is why I voted for the measure last October. This is wonderful news for the Norwich community, and the Governor should be commended for his vision for job creation." Connecticut Casket Company started designing, making, and selling custom environmentally friendly caskets in Willimantic in 2010. The company, which will retain three employees and hire three more within a year, will receive a $100,000 grant to buy equipment, improve the shop, train workers and expand its inventory. Connecticut Casket also will receive a Job Creation Incentive loan of $250,000. "Bill Covey and his employees represent the small business success story that is critical to Connecticut's economy," said State Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn). "The programs we passed last year are making a difference at a time when our businesses need it the most." "This investment will be a big help to the Connecticut Casket Company. It will allow this Windham business to hire more workers and grow our local economy," said State Representative Susan Johnson (D-Windham). "Governor Malloy is clearly focused on the needs of small businesses in eastern Connecticut and I want to thank him for his strong support." Wooden-it-be-Nice, Inc., a consignment furniture company based in Marlborough with a facility in Glastonbury, provides a retail solution for selling second-hand furniture and accessories. The company will use its $11,500 grant in working capital for inventory and processing, marketing, and job creation/retention efforts, including training. "I've been talking to businesses in my district for months about this new program, and I'm glad to see they've been listening," said State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester), who represents Glastonbury, Manchester, Bolton and Marlborough. "Obviously, our October investment in growing Connecticut jobs and its economy is paying off, and paying off handsomely. And it doesn't make a difference if you're a high-tech medical device manufacturer or a furniture consignment shop -- if you're a small business looking to expand, if you're looking to hire, Connecticut is here to help." "While the much of the attention on state economic development efforts has been on incentives for large employers and corporations, Governor Malloy and Commissioner Smith of the Department of Economic and Community Development have been equally focused on partnering with small businesses to assist them in building capacity and creating jobs in communities all over Connecticut," said State Representative Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester). "Small businesses provide and create the vast majority of jobs in Connecticut and grants like this one will go a long way to strengthening our overall state economy." State Representative Pam Sawyer (R-Andover, Bolton, Hebron, Marlborough) said, "This new approach, giving grants to small businesses in a short time frame, often in small amounts, can have a big impact on a company. Wooden-it-be-Nice is a perfect example. It is what was envisioned when the jobs bill passed last October." "Wooden-it-be-Nice is an exemplary member of the Glastonbury business community and I am thrilled that they are receiving some much-deserved assistance in order to help spur business growth, encourage job creation and provide employees with quality job training amid this challenging climate," said State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury). "I am proud to have supported the bipartisan Small Business Express Program responsible for this grant, and I look forward to passing more legislation this session that will help small businesses stay and grow in Connecticut." My Three Sons (Petrini Six Enterprises) is an indoor family entertainment center in Norwalk. The company will use a $50,000 grant from DECD to purchase new equipment that will increase customers and revenue. "The grant award means news jobs in Norwalk," said State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). "My Three Sons is a popular destination for families. This local success story highlights the critical role the new Small Business Express Program will play in connecting small, local businesses with the resources they need to grow and hire more workers." "Petrini Six Enterprises is a longstanding, family owned business that has provided family entertainment in Norwalk for years," said House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. (R-Norwalk). "Small businesses such as Petrini form the backbone of our economy. This grant is an example of how government can provide direct assistance to small businesses and foster economic development." "Small businesses are the backbone of Connecticut's economy and I am so pleased to see DECD choose to support Norwalk's Petrini Six Enterprises," said State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk, Wilton). "My Three Sons and Cathy's Castle are real institutions in Norwalk that are beloved by families from all over the city. This grant will help the company grow and serve even more of Norwalk's families." "These kind of dollars help with stability and growth of small buinesses like My Three Sons owned by Petrini Six Enterprises on Wall Street," said State Representative Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk). "It also lends to the local area with foot traffic which will indirectly support other businesses." "I applaud the Connecticut Department of Economic Development and the Malloy Administration for choosing to invest in Petrini Six Enterprises," said State Representative Chris Perone (D-Norwalk). "Not only is this going to help them purchase new equipment and generate more revenue, but it is also indicative of DECD's commitment to helping small businesses become more successful." "I'm thrilled to hear Petrini Six Enterprises took full advantage of what our state is offering," said State Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien, Norwalk). "We need to further our efforts to make sure more businesses, like Petrini Six Enterprises, are aware of the numerous opportunities that are available in the Small Business Express Program so we can keep small businesses growing strong throughout Norwalk and the rest of Connecticut."

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