Weekly Update July 14

July 14, 2023

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Dear Neighbor,

During the 2023 Legislative Session, I worked with my colleagues to pass a new two-year state budget that stands up for consumers, including a freeze of scheduled increases on the diesel tax, which helps lower the price of groceries and other commodities while reducing the cost of doing business in Connecticut.

Fuel costs are a significant percentage of expenses not only for the trucking industry, but for all markets that rely on the sale of goods, which makes this a significant cost savings for businesses and consumers alike. 

Our state budget was crafted with middle-class tax relief and investments that grow our economy, protect our quality of life and make Connecticut more affordable for everyone.

Free Eggs From Friendly Hands Food Bank
Earlier this week, I volunteered with the Friendly Hands Food Bank, Community Health & Wellness, and the B.E.RE.A.D.Y Project to distribute free eggs to the public. It was an honor to provide to those in our community who needed it.
July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day 
Do you have a plan for your pet in the case of a fire? On Pet Fire Safety Day, talk to your family about a safety plan. Only a few minutes of planning can make all the difference during an emergency! 🐾
July is Disability Pride Month
Did you know that each color of the Disability Pride Flag represents a different type of disability?

❤️Physical (red)
💛 Cognitive and intellectual (yellow)
🤍 Invisible and undiagnosed (white)
💙 Psychosocial (blue)
💚 Sensory (green)

The colored bands are placed diagonally to convey persons with disabilities “cutting across” societal barriers, while the dark background symbolizes mourning for the community's victims of unfortunately common violence and abuse. 

Staying Safe in the Heat 
CT is feeling the heat! Here are some safety tips to keep in mind during the extreme heat advisory.☀️🌡
During periods of extreme heat, cooling centers are often opened up at the local level. These cooling centers provide a place to cool off for members of the community especially those most impacted by extreme heat.
If a city/town has opened a designated cooling center, United Way-211 lists the site location and hours on their website.

Learn more and find cooling centers here: uwc.211ct.org/hotweather.


Michelle Cook

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