Connecticut has recently made some great strides in manufacturing. Thousands of new manufacturing jobs are expected to be created in the state over the next few years, and the legislature has been doing its part to ensure that our workforce is ready to meet this rising demand.
The House has approved legislation to extend an optional municipal property tax relief program for certain volunteer public safety personnel, to retired volunteer firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other retired public safety volunteers with at least 25 years of service.
Our regional fire schools provide professional development for community fire and rescue services. Their mission is to protect our citizens and our property. During the past few years they have undergone numerous budget cuts. I testified in favor of legislation to assist the fire schools.
The numbers are startling and continuing to rise. Opioid related overdoses and deaths are in the headlines far too often. We are in the midst of a public health crisis that impacts families across the state.