Dear Neighbor,

This year, based upon the input I received from all of you throughout the session, I was proud to support significant legislation to help protect and improve the quality of life in our community.

Much of the discussion at the Capitol this session focused on the budget, as we faced the extraordinary challenge of closing a billion dollar budget deficit. Although there were no easy solutions, we approved a budget that is balanced, without tax or fee increases, without borrowing, and without dipping into the Rainy Day Fund.

My priorities: improving public health, increasing public safety, encouraging financial security for everyone, and improving our business climate, were featured elements of some of the major bills approved by the legislature this year.

Keeping Connecticut a great place to live, work, and raise a family is our ongoing responsibility. Though the 2016 Legislative Session presented one of the toughest budget challenges in decades, we succeeded to help move our state forward.

When facing the tough decisions that need to be made at the legislature year after year, I always remember whom I represent and what you need. Even in difficult years like this one, I still feel honored to be able to represent the residents of Berlin and Southington. I will continue to stay focused on what is important to you, and I strongly encourage you to email me or call me on my cellphone at 860-371-6887 with your suggestions, questions, and concerns.

Best,


Delivering For Berlin

As your State Representative, I have worked extremely hard to ensure we receive the funding we need to support and grow the town that we love. During my time in office, Berlin has received more than $10,512,908 in bonding and grants, and more than $111,650,541 in education aid.

State funding sent to Berlin allows our town to repair roads, educate students, and maintain our quality of life. Here are just a few of the improvements our town has seen in the past few years with this funding:


Village District

Berlin received a $150,000 grant-in-aid from the state to establish the Village District along Farmington Avenue, around the train station. This funding will assist the town in furthering their efforts to make our downtown area an appealing place to both businesses and community members.


303 New Britain Road

Berlin received a $100,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant to investigate the environmental status of 303 New Britain Road. This property is one of the largest undeveloped industrial parcels in town. Assessing whether it is developable could enable the town to create and grow businesses and jobs in the community.


AMCO Precision Tools, Inc.

AMCO received a $2.1 million loan from the state to expand their Berlin facility, retain 34 jobs and create 25 additional jobs. AMCO is a family-owned business that was started in Berlin 45 years ago, and I look forward to its continued growth in our town.


Working With Businesses

You said that working with the business community to develop workforce training programs to ensure our students have the skills necessary to find a good job was a top priority of yours.

That is why I was proud to work with Minority Leader Themis Klarides to create and pass H.B. 5423 - AN ACT ENCOURAGING MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CONSIDER CAREERS IN MANUFACTURING. This bill will establish partnerships between the Commissioner of Education and the manufacturing industry in order to encourage students to consider careers in manufacturing.


Helping Our Veterans

You said it was important to reform our veterans’ outreach programs to better help those who have served get all of the benefits they deserve.

We did that with H.B. 5416. This bill will require the Department of Labor to establish a Special Operations Resource Network to serve as a clearinghouse, for veterans and members of the armed forces and National Guard, and provide them with opportunities that match the job skills they learned in the military.


Creating A Retirement Savings Plan For All Workers

In recent years, Connecticut, like other New England states, has seen a heartbreaking increase in fatal opioid overdoses. Earlier this year we passed groundbreaking legislation to combat this crisis. This lifesaving law will allow any licensed healthcare professional to administer drugs that reverse opioid overdoses, require municipalities to equip their first responders with the opioid reversal drug Narcan, and cap first-time opioid prescriptions at a seven-day supply.


Addressing The Opioid Epidemic

You said it was important to help those addicted to opioids find treatment, as well as take steps to address the opioid epidemic that Connecticut is facing.

This year we passed H.B. 5053 - AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOIDS AND ACCESS TO OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUGS, to address this issue. This lifesaving law will allow any licensed healthcare professional to administer drugs that reverse opioid overdoses, require municipalities to equip their first responders with the opioid reversal drug Narcan, and cap first-time opioid prescriptions at a seven-day supply.