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Andrew Roraback Clipbook

Andrew Roraback Clipbook

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 Andrew Roraback (CT-05)
 
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Good HeadlinesBad EditorialsBudget Issues
Sought Bill to Combat Pension “Padding”
 
In January 2012, Roraback called for passage of a bill that would take pensions for future state employees
out of union negotiations and halt employees’ practice of “padding” their pensions with heavy overtime.
Roraback said his bill would remove pensions from collective bargaining for employees hired after July 1,2011 and would also remove overtime and longevity payments from pension calculations for thoseemployees, and would require them to be enrolled in 401(k) benefit plans.
“The people that are g
aming the system are not bad people. They're rational people, not bad people. We
have a bad system. And what we're aiming to do is to make it a good system,” Roraback said.
[HartfordCourant, 1/24/12] 
 
Business and Consumer Issues
Opposed Online Gambling
In January 2012, Roraback expressed his opposition to the Department of Justice’s decision, released
December 23, that is widely viewed as clarifying application of a 1961 ban on gaming across state lines to21st century technology.
“I have very little
appetite for preying on the weaknesses of the human condition as a way to generate
revenue for public purposes,” he said. “I don't think it's healthy from a societal
 
 perspective.”
 [newstimes.com, 01/03/2012] 
Campaign Finance Issues
Roraback: Special Interest Money “Will Be a Necessity”
 
In November 2011, Roraback, who had only accepted one PAC donation during his legislative careers,said that speci
al interest money “will be a necessity” in order to raise to $2 or $3 million to win the seat.He said, “I can’t compete with one arm tied behind my back.”
 
[ctnewsjunkie.com, 11/28/2011] 
Crime & Public Safety Issues
 
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Roraback: Opposed Cell Phone Use While Driving
In January 2012, Roraback led an effort to prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving inConnecticut.
“As big of a threat as hand
-
held cell phones are, the much scarier threat is texting,” he said. “I think any
of us on the road today are always in danger. And, sadly, you have to assume that the car heading at you
is being driven by someone who isn’t paying attention.”
[Housatonic Times, 1/03/12] 
Economic and Financial Issues
Roraback: Criticized Malloy‟s “First Five” Economic Development Campaign
 
In January 2012, Roraback spoke out against Gov. Dan Malloy’s economic development campaign, “TheFirst Five,” which offered
tax credits and forgivable loans to the first five companies pledging to create200 jobs in Connecticut.
“If this is something that's going to benefit us as a state, we ought to have all
-you-can-
eat,” Roraback said
.[Chicago Tribune, 1/05/12] 
 
Opposed Longer Payment Terms to Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
In November 2011, Roraback said that he disagreed with Rep Murphy’s position that the government
should offer longer payment terms to homeowners facing foreclosure.
Roraback said, “The federal government already has a number of programs to help homeowner 
s in
 jeopardy. I don’t think we need more programs. I think the answer is creating an environment that isconducive to economic growth.”
[ctnewsjunkie.com, 11/28/2011] 
 
Education IssuesEnergy IssuesEnvironmental Issues
Roraback: Scored 63 Percent on Environmental Scorecard
In November 2011, Roraback received a score of 63 percent from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, a score based on 12 environmental bills in the 2011 Connecticut State Senatelegislative session.
Roraback voted 5 times for “pro
-environment bi
lls,” 3 times against “pro
-
environment” bills, and missed4 other environmental votes. Roraback questioned the method of the scorecard and said, “I pride myself 
as being a responsible steward of the environment and I have a long record of environmental

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