Updates from State Rep. Jack Fazzino - January 31, 2023

January 31, 2023

Please find my weekly update below, which includes information on the following: 

  • Session Day Recap
  • Applications Open Soon for Access Health Broker Academy
  • CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants for Berlin, Meriden and Cheshire
  • Follow Me on Facebook

Thank you for reading! 

Session Day Recap

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives was in session for the first time since the tragic passing of State Rep. Quentin "Q" Williams (D-Middletown). The chamber was filled with bright colors, hugs, pocket squares, crocs and the sharing of wonderful memories. Join us in keeping Q’s philanthropic spirit alive. The Q Fund will support the charitable causes and nonprofit missions he cared most about. Please visit RememberingQ.com

Among the business during Wednesday's session was the House's overwhelming approval of a new four-year contract for the Connecticut State Police that offers improved wages, benefits and working conditions.

This agreement increases the base pay for trooper trainees and includes a higher rate for existing law enforcement professionals who are hired by the Connecticut State Police and attend the Connecticut Police Academy. Additionally, there is a wellness stipend for those who have attained bachelor’s or advanced degrees, and increased funding for college tuition reimbursement to pursue educational opportunities.

I am grateful for the work the men and women of the Connecticut State Police do daily to keep our state safe with integrity, commitment to service, and sacrifice.

This sesson, I introduced a bill to establish a working group that would provide recommendations to the Connecticut General Assembly and municipalities concerning retention of and benefits for police officers, firefighters and first responders.

Applications Open Soon for Access Health Broker Academy

To diversify the insurance broker community in our state, Access Health CT has established the Broker Academy Program to create a pathway for newly licensed insurance brokers by recruiting from and building the skillset of those who live and work in underserved communities throughout Connecticut. 

The Broker Academy provides free training for selected students to become licensed brokers and covers the cost of their licensing exam. You can learn more by visiting the Broker Academy's website or by attending an upcoming virtual informational session. The next session is February 7 from 6-7 p.m. Registration is required. 

Click Here to Register

Applications for the program will open on February 27. The deadline to apply is March 31. Should you have questions or require additional information, email AHCT.BrokerAcademy@ct.gov

CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants for Berlin, Cheshire and Meriden

Entities in Berlin, Cheshire and Meriden were recently awarded CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants. These grants were funded by the legislature to support CT Humanities’ mission of connecting people to cultural and humanities organizations via grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs.

The grant recipients include: 


  • Civics First - $5,800
  • Berlin Historical Society, Inc. - $5,500


  • P.L.A.C.E. Art Studio - $5,800
  • Cheshire Historical Society - $5,500
  • Cheshire Symphony Orchestra - $5,200
  • Ball & Socket Arts - $5,000


  • Gallery 53 - $7,000
  • Castle Craig Players - $6,500
  • Meriden Historical Society - $6,400
  • Our House Meriden - $5,500
  • CT State Police Academy Alumni Association Museum & Educational Center - $5,300

For a full list of organizations in Connecticut receiving grants and more information on the funding, click HERE.