Newsletter Outlines What We Accomplished
The 2019 legislative session was as demanding and productive as I have seen. We passed bipartisan legislation that improves the lives of working families, encourages economic growth and makes critical investments in the future of our children, as well as our state.
We passed a two-year budget that struck a balance between the spending and revenue side of the budget. We invested in critically needed workforce development programs to ensure we have a pipeline of employees meeting the needs of some of our major employers like Pratt and Whitney and Electric Boat as well as hundreds of smaller manufacturers who make up the supply chain. We funded vital programs like Meals on Wheels, and protected the Medicare Savings Program as it stands. We’ve expanded access to Medicaid by raising the income limit to 160% of the Federal Poverty Level.
We are exploring the feasibility of a debt-free community college program. Student loan debt has a detrimental impact on our overall economy and we need to identify ways to relieve families from accumulating significant amounts of debt. The state will pick up all fee costs for the first 72 credit hours after scholarships, grants, other aid awards are applied.
It was a productive session but we still have work to do. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if I can ever be of help to you or your family, or if you have questions about anything mentioned in this newsletter.
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