Did you know that your current Republican legistators' positions reflect the Trump administration's regressive agenda? Here's a small sample of how they voted:
COVID-19 showed just how essential these workers are and the risks they face. Rep. John Fusco voted against a bill that required private human services contractors working for the departments of Social Services, Children and Families, Developmental Services, Rehabilitation Services, and Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide a $15 minimum wage to their workers.
Rep. John Fusco was one of 58 Republicans who voted against HB6004, which increases police accountability in the wake of recent social and racial injustice protests. The bill mandates all police officers wear body cameras, bans the use of chokeholds in most cases and creates a new independent inspector general to investigate deadly use of force by police. The bill was passed by both houses and is due to be signed by Gov. Lamont.
Rep. John Fusco was one of 58 Republicans who voted against SB380, a bill that required the release of police camera video within 96 hours after an incident upon request. The bill was passed and signed into law by Gov. Lamont on July 1, 2019.
Rep. John Fusco was absent for the vote on HB 5004 to increase the minimum wage and his Republican colleagues voted against the bill. Connecticut ultimately passed the legislation, which raised the minimum wage from $10.10 in 2019 to $15 in 2023, a move that will help workers support themselves and their families, and will help stimulate the economy by increasing workers' spending power.
Rep. John Fusco voted against establishing an employee-funded paid Family Leave and Medical Act, which will allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to deal with a serious health issue, care for a new baby or deal with a situation related to military deployment starting Jan 2021. Employers do not pay for the plan; it is funded by employee contributions.
Rep. John Fusco voted against HB 7083, which requires the State Board of Education to make curriculum materials available in developing instruction programs about climate change. In addition to climate change, the bill also included teaching about the Holocaust, African-American, Native American and Puerto Rican histories, Latino studies and the Great Famine in Ireland.
In 2019, Rep. John Fusco sponsored an act to repeal the Trust Act, which sets conditions on how state and local law enforcement authorities cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Repealing the Trust Act would have stripped the autonomy of local and state law enforcement to make decisions and forced them to detain people based solely on their immigration status. An act strengthening the Trust Act was ultimately and signed into law by Gov. Lamont.
Despite the usual Republican rhetoric of limited government and local control, our Southington legislators voted against letting municipalities regulate firearms if they so chose. Rep. John Fusco and other Republican legislators sponsored a bill to would have prevented municipalities from adopting ordinances and regulations to regulate firearms and voted no on a bill that prohibits unattended firearms from being stored in unlocked vehicles.
This voluntary public financing program, established in the wake of the Gov. John Rowland corruption scandal in 2005, prevents special interest groups with big budgets from co-opting local elections. Instead, it allows local residents to have a voice in selecting their candidates. Participating candidates (like me) must raise small donations from area residents to qualify for grants. Candidates must also provide financial disclosures and abide by strict contribution and spending limits. Rep. John Fusco was among other Republican legislators who pushed to cut funding and scrap the popular program.