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Current News & Issues
USURIOUS PREDATORY LENDING HAS NO BUSINESS HERE
Recent loan solicitations targeting Connecticut residents with interest rates as high as 400% by the Otoe-Missouria tribe of Oklahoma, and deceptive attack mailings funded by a dark money Tea Party-aligned SuperPAC aimed at our Governor, prompted me to join the House Chair of the legislature’s Banking Committee and leaders of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes in denouncing these illegal predatory tactics.
TALKING ECONOMY & TRANSPORTATION WITH BUSINESS LEADERS
Last week, I joined my fellow legislative leaders at a breakfast in Stamford hosted by the Business Council of Fairfield County to talk about the future of Connecticut’s economy and specifically the need for improving our transportation infrastructure. READ MORE
SUPPORT FOR A STUDENT LOAN BILL OF RIGHTS
The cost of higher education has sadly become out of reach for most students without taking out personal loans. The entire loan process, terms, and responsibilities can be overwhelming, particularly for young people, and that is why it makes sense to adopt protections with a student loan bill of rights.
PROTECTING RESIDENTS OF CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
Seniors are looking for, and deserve, peace of mind when they make a major life decision to move to a continuing care retirement community, such as the Whitney Center in my hometown of Hamden. By requiring these facilities to disclose their financial status, residents will be better protected and the state can act to help remediate potential problems.
SESSION OUTLOOK ON CRN's 'DIALOGUE 2015'
As the 2015 legislative session started to kick into full gear, I sat down with Connecticut Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief Steve Kotchko to discuss some of the major issues facing the General Assembly this year. READ MORE
HELPING OUR TOWNS REDUCE COSTS – AND LOWER LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES
Along with leaders of the MORE Commission, I held a news conference earlier this month to announce a number of legislative proposals aimed at helping our cities and towns lower costs, with a goal of ultimately reducing the local property tax burden on their families and businesses. READ MORE
MARIO TOLD ME “WE CAMPAIGN IN POETRY…
WE GOVERN IN PROSE”
I decided to use my opening day speech this past Wednesday to the House of Representatives to express my condolences and admiration for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, an important political inspiration in my life. READ MORE
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