Herbst calls for infrastructure improvements, capital punishment at first GOP candidate debate

Casino gambling, gun laws. marijuana and the immigration status of the participants took center stage in Windsor Wednesday night as Republican candidates for governor squared off in their first debate. The event, hosted by Fox 61’s Jenn Bernstein and the Hartford Courant’s Chris Keating, was held at Windsor High School and streamed live on Facebook. Watch the debate here. The next debate is scheduled for January.

Herbst took advantage of a question about cutting state agencies with a detailed answer in which he said he would reform the departments of motor vehicles and transit, and also fold some state social services programs into nonprofit agencies that he said have a track record of getting better results at ⅓ the cost.

Herbst also brought up another favorite topic of his, pension reform, in response to a question about eliminating the income tax.

“People need to be honest about what it’s going to take to get to that point,” he said. We have a massive unfunded liability problem. We have to get our pension cost under control. Once we get unfunded liabilities under control, then we can begin to talk about reducing income tax.”

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