Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. Sen. Kelly, Senate Republicans Propose Bills to Reduce Costs of Health Care

    Proposals Aim to Make Health Care Affordable and Accessible, Improve Child Welfare, and Strengthen Public Safety

    A Press Conference 2019-02-15 Healthy and Safe Connecticut (13 of 22)

    Hartford – Today members of the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus detailed a group of legislative proposals aimed at improving health care and public safety in the state of Connecticut.

    The proposals seek to make health care more affordable and accessible, improve child welfare policies to protect and help the most vulnerable, and provide treatment for youthful offenders to help them turn their lives around and discourage dangerous, criminal behavior.

    The proposals were outlined today by Senate Republicans as the third group of 2019 legislation the caucus is highlighting to improve Connecticut.

    Senator Kevin Kelly introduced a bill to reduce health insurance premiums by creating a state reinsurance program.

    “One of the most pressing issues facing Connecticut residents is the high cost of health care. Lawmakers need to work together to reduce these costs, just as we’ve worked together to protect insurance coverage for core health services.”

    Republican proposals highlighted today include the following.

    A Press Conference 2019-02-15 Healthy and Safe Connecticut (11 of 22)

    Affordable & Accessible Health Care

    S.B. 378 AN ACT PROHIBITING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FROM CHARGING DIFFERENT RATES FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE.

    • Would ban health care providers from charging an insurance carrier a different rate for a medical procedure than such provider would charge an individual who is paying out of pocket for the same medical procedure.

    S.B. No. 136 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-OPERATED REINSURANCE PROGRAM AND REQUIRING THAT THIS STATE APPLY FOR A STATE INNOVATION WAIVER.

    • Would establish a state-operated reinsurance program and require Connecticut to apply for a state innovation waiver to fund such program.
    • Would help lower premiums and create market stability to keep costs down.
    • Will enable Connecticut to increase affordable coverage options for residents.

    Child Welfare

    S.B. 453 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OMBUDSMAN.

    • Would establish an independent ombudsman to provide children in the care and custody of the Department of Children and Families an opportunity to have complaints and grievances heard, reviewed and addressed by an independent overseer.

    S.B. 452 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

    • Would establish the State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families.
    • Would include stakeholders and policy experts that reside outside of DCF and give the council the authority to investigate DCF operations and regularly report on such operations and recommend improvements.

    S.B. 618 AN ACT RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS.

    • Would raise the minimum age to purchase vaping products from 18 to 21 years old.

    S.B. 463 AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE EXCESS COST THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

    • Would aid small towns in the financing of special education services by revising reimbursement thresholds.

    Public Safety

    S.B. 504 AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS, TREATMENT AND COMMUNITY-BASED SOLUTIONS.

    • Would establish a community-based preprosecution program or a diversion program that provides services and resources to rehabilitate and redirect youthful offenders.

    HealthyCT

  2. Westport Lawmakers Stand Together to Eliminate Gasoline Zone Pricing

     

    Wednesday, February 13th the Legislature’s Transportation Committee held a public hearing to discuss a range of issues, including a proposal introduced by Transportation Committee Members Senator Tony Hwang (R-28), Senator Will Haskell (D-26), and Representative Jonathan Steinberg (D-136) to prohibit the practice of zone pricing for gasoline (SB 419). All three legislators represent portions of Westport.

    Gasoline zone pricing is the practice employed by gasoline distributors to sell gas to local retailers at artificially-determined prices within the same “zone”. These price zones are not mandated by government, and are proprietary and unavailable to the public. Not only do these practices stifle competition, but they create arbitrarily high cost zones, and also prohibit entry to the market because they can control prices to make it difficult for newcomers to succeed.

    The FTC has stated that these price zones provide significant market control to incumbent distributors, and that large distributors have used these zones to “target entrants without having to lower price throughout a broader market area….by targeting price-cutting competitors, incumbents can (and have) deterred entrants from making significant investments in gasoline stations (which are specialized, sunk cost facilities) and thus from expanding to a scale at which the entrant could affect price throughout the broader metropolitan area.” (OLR Report 2009-R-0011)

    “We who believe in the competitiveness of the market have been trying to eliminate this practice for over two decades and it is time we get this law passed and start encouraging transparency, market competition and consumer fairness in the gasoline market,” said Senator Hwang. “In higher-cost areas of the state, these price zones increase the cost of living even further. Although the cost to distributors does not change, the price to the retailer and the price to the consumer does, based on these proprietary, arbitrary zone pricing maps. This system is inherently non-competitive. It’s time we level the playing field.”

    “The gas distributors shouldn’t determine whether you pay $2.25 or $2.55 per gallon of gas based on anti-competitive practices,” said Sen. Haskell. “Our bill would allow for increased competition and fairer prices in the market, helping relieve financial stress on consumers in our community. This bipartisan bill represents a fight to give Fairfield County a break,” said Senator Haskell.

    “Our proposal really comes down to fairness for Connecticut citizens, but particularly for Fairfield County residents, who pay the highest per gallon in the state..  All we’re asking for is parity in the gasoline market across the state,” said Representative Steinberg.

  3. Senate Republicans Outline Proposals to Create a Healthy and Safe Connecticut

    Proposals Aim to Make Health Care Affordable and Accessible, Improve Child Welfare, and Strengthen Public Safety

    Senator Logan, Kelly, Fasano, Hwang, Martin, Formica and Kissel at press conference about health care, child welfare and public safety

    Hartford – Today members of the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus detailed a group of legislative proposals aimed at improving health care and public safety in the state of Connecticut.

    The proposals seek to make health care more affordable and accessible, improve child welfare policies to protect and help the most vulnerable, and provide treatment for youthful offenders to help them turn their lives around and discourage dangerous, criminal behavior.

    The proposals were outlined today by Senate Republicans as the third group of 2019 legislation the caucus is highlighting to improve Connecticut.

    “One of the most pressing issues facing Connecticut residents is the high cost of health care,” said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano. “Under current federal law, health insurance premiums in Connecticut have skyrocketed to unaffordable rates. Lawmakers need to work together to reduce these costs, just as we’ve worked together to protect insurance coverage for core health services.

    “In addition to health care, Connecticut must do more to protect its children, from restricting access to dangerous drugs to strengthening oversight of the state Department of Children and Families. One of the most important responsibilities of government is to make sure all our children can grow up in safe and healthy environments. To that end, we are also proposing the state do more to help youthful offenders get the treatment and support they need to deter criminal behavior and make communities safer.”

    Republican proposals highlighted today include the following.

    Affordable & Accessible Health Care

    S.B. 378 AN ACT PROHIBITING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FROM CHARGING DIFFERENT RATES FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE.

    • Would ban health care providers from charging an insurance carrier a different rate for a medical procedure than such provider would charge an individual who is paying out of pocket for the same medical procedure.

    S.B. No. 136 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-OPERATED REINSURANCE PROGRAM AND REQUIRING THAT THIS STATE APPLY FOR A STATE INNOVATION WAIVER.

    • Would establish a state-operated reinsurance program and require Connecticut to apply for a state innovation waiver to fund such program.
    • Would help lower premiums and create market stability to keep costs down.
    • Will enable Connecticut to increase affordable coverage options for residents.

    Child Welfare

    S.B. 453 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OMBUDSMAN.

    • Would establish an independent ombudsman to provide children in the care and custody of the Department of Children and Families an opportunity to have complaints and grievances heard, reviewed and addressed by an independent overseer.

    S.B. 452 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

    • Would establish the State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families.
    • Would include stakeholders and policy experts that reside outside of DCF and give the council the authority to investigate DCF operations and regularly report on such operations and recommend improvements.

    S.B. 618 AN ACT RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS.

    • Would raise the minimum age to purchase vaping products from 18 to 21 years old.

    S.B. 463 AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE EXCESS COST THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

    • Would aid small towns in the financing of special education services by revising reimbursement thresholds.

    Public Safety

    S.B. 504 AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS, TREATMENT AND COMMUNITY-BASED SOLUTIONS.

    • Would establish a community-based preprosecution program or a diversion program that provides services and resources to rehabilitate and redirect youthful offenders.

    HealthyCT

  4. Senate Republicans Outline Proposals to Create a Healthy and Safe Connecticut

    Proposals Aim to Make Health Care Affordable and Accessible, Improve Child Welfare, and Strengthen Public Safety

    Hartford – Today members of the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus detailed a group of legislative proposals aimed at improving health care and public safety in the state of Connecticut.

    The proposals seek to make health care more affordable and accessible, improve child welfare policies to protect and help the most vulnerable, and provide treatment for youthful offenders to help them turn their lives around and discourage dangerous, criminal behavior.

    The proposals were outlined today by Senate Republicans as the third group of 2019 legislation the caucus is highlighting to improve Connecticut.

    “One of the most pressing issues facing Connecticut residents is the high cost of health care,” said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano. “Under current federal law, health insurance premiums in Connecticut have skyrocketed to unaffordable rates. Lawmakers need to work together to reduce these costs, just as we’ve worked together to protect insurance coverage for core health services.

    “In addition to health care, Connecticut must do more to protect its children, from restricting access to dangerous drugs to strengthening oversight of the state Department of Children and Families. One of the most important responsibilities of government is to make sure all our children can grow up in safe and healthy environments. To that end, we are also proposing the state do more to help youthful offenders get the treatment and support they need to deter criminal behavior and make communities safer.”

    Republican proposals highlighted today include the following.

    Senator Logan, Kelly, Fasano, Hwang, Martin, Formica and Kissel at press conference about health care, child welfare and public safety

    Affordable & Accessible Health Care

    S.B. 378 AN ACT PROHIBITING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FROM CHARGING DIFFERENT RATES FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE.

    • Would ban health care providers from charging an insurance carrier a different rate for a medical procedure than such provider would charge an individual who is paying out of pocket for the same medical procedure.

    S.B. No. 136 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-OPERATED REINSURANCE PROGRAM AND REQUIRING THAT THIS STATE APPLY FOR A STATE INNOVATION WAIVER.

    • Would establish a state-operated reinsurance program and require Connecticut to apply for a state innovation waiver to fund such program.
    • Would help lower premiums and create market stability to keep costs down.
    • Will enable Connecticut to increase affordable coverage options for residents.

    Child Welfare

    S.B. 453 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OMBUDSMAN.

    • Would establish an independent ombudsman to provide children in the care and custody of the Department of Children and Families an opportunity to have complaints and grievances heard, reviewed and addressed by an independent overseer.

    S.B. 452 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

    • Would establish the State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families.
    • Would include stakeholders and policy experts that reside outside of DCF and give the council the authority to investigate DCF operations and regularly report on such operations and recommend improvements.

    S.B. 618 AN ACT RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS.

    • Would raise the minimum age to purchase vaping products from 18 to 21 years old.

    S.B. 463 AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE EXCESS COST THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

    • Would aid small towns in the financing of special education services by revising reimbursement thresholds.

    Public Safety

    S.B. 504 AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS, TREATMENT AND COMMUNITY-BASED SOLUTIONS.

    • Would establish a community-based preprosecution program or a diversion program that provides services and resources to rehabilitate and redirect youthful offenders.

    HealthyCT

  5. (Listen) Sen. Tony Hwang on the Radio w/ Brad Davis talking about DOT Project Prioritization

    State Sen. Tony Hwang spoke to Brad Davis about how the DOT needs to prioritize the projects it spends our tax $$$ on.

    “What we have right now a mish mash of projects that have no prioritization, no sense of project one through ten, one through twenty,” said Senator Tony Hwang.

    See SB717 HERE

    Full Audio Here

     

     

  6. Hwang on Recent Toll Proposals (WFSB)

    HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Tolls could be a tough sell for many here in Connecticut, but some are trying to make them a little more palatable.

    One lawmaker is proposing a discount for low income residents.

    There are a few plans out there, including one by Governor Lamont.

    The state needs revenue and tolls are one way to get it.

     

    Another lawmaker is proposing a discount for people with low incomes and those on a fixed income such as the elderly.

    “My position on electronic tolling is very clear. We are going to focus on just on those big tractor trailer trucks and that will raise something like 250 million dollars, something I think I can get through this legislature,” said Governor Ned Lamont.

    In his first state of the state address, Lamont announced major transportation improvements. He supports tolls but only on big trucks.

    Some Republicans say they don’t like tolls in any form.

    “We’ve had very little details. We range from 82 gantries to the amount of money it will raise, all of it is speculation,” said Senator Tony Hwang.

    Republicans say there are other ways to pay for transportation, prioritizing what they borrow money for, but that could mean less money for cities and towns.

    As for details, we may learn more when Lamont makes his budget address next week.

     

    Read the full article here

  7. Sen. Fasano, Lawmakers Outline Proposals to Empower Connecticut Residents

    Proposals Aim to Remove Barriers to Employment, Enhance Workforce Training, & Reduce Burdens on First-Time Homebuyers

    Hartford – Today members of the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus detailed a group of legislative proposals aimed at empowering state residents to find success in the workforce and build their futures in Connecticut.

    The proposals seek to remove barriers to employment, enhance job training and reduce burdens on first-time homebuyers.

    The proposals were outlined today by Senate Republicans as the second group of 2019 legislation the caucus is highlighting to improve Connecticut.

    “Connecticut has the most talented workforce, the best educational opportunities, and the potential to be a place where all people can find success and propel themselves upward to achieve the American dream,” said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano. “However, we can and should do more to empower people to be successful in the workforce and provide for their families. This includes looking at new ways to support workforce reentry to break the multigenerational cycle of poverty. Today Republicans are highlighting proposals to expand access to child care and temporary assistance to help families transition back into the workforce. We are also encouraging the state to enhance workforce training programs and make it easier for young families to purchase their first homes and build their futures in Connecticut.”

    Republican proposals highlighted today include the following.

    Senate GOP press conference empower residents, job training, removing barriers to employment, encourage first time home ownership

    Remove Barriers to Employment

    S.B. 294 AN ACT EXTENDING TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT.

    • This proposal would encourage recipients of temporary family assistance to obtain employment.
    • Recipients of TANF often are faced with a significant challenge when reentering the workforce. While a job provides long-term benefits, upon taking a job their families lose state benefits quickly creating a difficult transition period.
    • Such a system leaves people feeling trapped. If they take a job their family could suffer from an immediate loss of benefits. But if they remain unemployed they can’t ever climb up and out of the system.
    • By extending certain benefits for a time up to a year after a person obtains employment the state can encourage more people to take the step toward employment and reduce the fear that their families will suffer while they become established in the workforce.

    S.B. 290 AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES FOR WORKING PARENTS.

    • Currently, the income limit for new families applying for Care 4 Kids must be less than 50% of the state median income.
    • This bill will expand eligibility for child care subsidies to working parents whose incomes exceed 50% but not 75% of state-wide median income.
    • Will allow more parents to reenter the workforce by providing reliable child care for their children.

    Enhance Workforce Training

    S.B. 685 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE APPRENTICESHIP AND EMPLOYMENT RECRUITMENT AUTHORITY.

    • Would establish a public-private partnership to work on apprenticeships and employment recruitment opportunities. Modeled on the Connecticut Manufacturing Committee.

    S.B. 356 AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY CONCERNING GERMANY’S APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM.

    • To pursue alternative apprenticeship models to encourage growth in the manufacturing talent pipeline in the state. Would look at German and Swiss models.

    S.B. 242 AN ACT EXTENDING THE MANUFACTURING APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT TO PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES.

    • To increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the state.

    S.B. 275 AN ACT CONCERNING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION RELATED TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

    • As the Insurance Capital, Connecticut should work to ensure that public institutions of higher education are meeting the workforce needs of the insurance industry.
    • Requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut conduct a study of workforce development issues with regard to the insurance industry at public institutions of higher education within their jurisdiction.

    Encourage Self-Investment

    S.B. 602 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR CERTAIN FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS.

    • Would establish a credit against the personal income tax for certain first-time homebuyers.
      Proposed credit would be up to two thousand dollars against the personal income tax for first-time homebuyers who have deposited funds in a restricted account to be used for the purchase of a first home.
    • Would encourage home ownership and help people build their futures here in Connecticut.

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  8. Sen. Kelly Joins CT Republicans Outlining Proposals to Empower Connecticut Residents

    Proposals Aim to Remove Barriers to Employment, Enhance Workforce Training, & Reduce Burdens on First-Time Homebuyers

    Hartford – Today members of the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus detailed a group of legislative proposals aimed at empowering state residents to find success in the workforce and build their futures in Connecticut.

    The proposals seek to remove barriers to employment, enhance job training and reduce burdens on first-time homebuyers.

    The proposals were outlined today by Senate Republicans as the second group of 2019 legislation the caucus is highlighting to improve Connecticut.

    Senator Kevin Kelly proposed a bill to train students for careers in the insurance industry. The insurance industry has many unfilled well-paying positions. This bill aims to help young people develop the skills necessary to obtain these jobs in one of Connecticut’s signature industries.

    Republican proposals highlighted today include the following.

    Kevin Kelly bill to encourage insurance industry jobs

    Remove Barriers to Employment

    S.B. 294 AN ACT EXTENDING TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT.

    • This proposal would encourage recipients of temporary family assistance to obtain employment.
    • Recipients of TANF often are faced with a significant challenge when reentering the workforce. While a job provides long-term benefits, upon taking a job their families lose state benefits quickly creating a difficult transition period.
    • Such a system leaves people feeling trapped. If they take a job their family could suffer from an immediate loss of benefits. But if they remain unemployed they can’t ever climb up and out of the system.
    • By extending certain benefits for a time up to a year after a person obtains employment the state can encourage more people to take the step toward employment and reduce the fear that their families will suffer while they become established in the workforce.

    S.B. 290 AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES FOR WORKING PARENTS.

    • Currently, the income limit for new families applying for Care 4 Kids must be less than 50% of the state median income.
    • This bill will expand eligibility for child care subsidies to working parents whose incomes exceed 50% but not 75% of state-wide median income.
    • Will allow more parents to reenter the workforce by providing reliable child care for their children.

    Enhance Workforce Training

    S.B. 685 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE APPRENTICESHIP AND EMPLOYMENT RECRUITMENT AUTHORITY.

    • Would establish a public-private partnership to work on apprenticeships and employment recruitment opportunities. Modeled on the Connecticut Manufacturing Committee.

    S.B. 356 AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY CONCERNING GERMANY’S APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM.

    • To pursue alternative apprenticeship models to encourage growth in the manufacturing talent pipeline in the state. Would look at German and Swiss models.

    S.B. 242 AN ACT EXTENDING THE MANUFACTURING APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT TO PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES.

    • To increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the state.

    S.B. 275 AN ACT CONCERNING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION RELATED TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

    • As the Insurance Capital, Connecticut should work to ensure that public institutions of higher education are meeting the workforce needs of the insurance industry.
    • Requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut conduct a study of workforce development issues with regard to the insurance industry at public institutions of higher education within their jurisdiction.

    Encourage Self-Investment

    S.B. 602 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR CERTAIN FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS.

    • Would establish a credit against the personal income tax for certain first-time homebuyers.
      Proposed credit would be up to two thousand dollars against the personal income tax for first-time homebuyers who have deposited funds in a restricted account to be used for the purchase of a first home.
    • Would encourage home ownership and help people build their futures here in Connecticut.

    EmpowerPeople

  9. State Senator Eric Berthel Testifies on Behalf of Insurance Coverage for Bariatric Surgery

    Hartford—State Senator Eric Berthel today testified before the General Assembly’s Insurance & Real Estate Committee on behalf of his bill (SB 317) to require insurance companies to cover the cost of bariatric surgery in Connecticut.

    Hartford—State Senator Eric Berthel today testified before the General Assembly’s Insurance & Real Estate Committee on behalf of his bill (SB 317) to require insurance companies to cover the cost of bariatric surgery in Connecticut.

    “Doctors tell us that obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of premature death,” said Sen. Berthel. “Obese individuals have much higher risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Most of these people know the risks of obesity, and they try every diet and exercise regimen to lose weight. For some folks nothing works, and bariatric and metabolic surgery is the only hope. I was one of these individuals, and I can testify that it has added years to my life.

    “Unfortunately, bariatric and metabolic surgery is not covered by most insurance plans sold in Connecticut, though it is available to individuals on the state Husky plans. Here is a rare instance of state government understanding something that the private sector doesn’t! This life-saving procedure reduces healthcare costs in the long run, by allowing people to live healthier and more productive lives.”

  10. Senate Republicans Outline Proposals to Empower Connecticut Residents

    Proposals Aim to Remove Barriers to Employment, Enhance Workforce Training, & Reduce Burdens on First-Time Homebuyers

    Hartford – Today members of the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus detailed a group of legislative proposals aimed at empowering state residents to find success in the workforce and build their futures in Connecticut.

    The proposals seek to remove barriers to employment, enhance job training and reduce burdens on first-time homebuyers.

    The proposals were outlined today by Senate Republicans as the second group of 2019 legislation the caucus is highlighting to improve Connecticut.

    “Connecticut has the most talented workforce, the best educational opportunities, and the potential to be a place where all people can find success and propel themselves upward to achieve the American dream,” said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano. “However, we can and should do more to empower people to be successful in the workforce and provide for their families. This includes looking at new ways to support workforce reentry to break the multigenerational cycle of poverty. Today Republicans are highlighting proposals to expand access to child care and temporary assistance to help families transition back into the workforce. We are also encouraging the state to enhance workforce training programs and make it easier for young families to purchase their first homes and build their futures in Connecticut.”

    Republican proposals highlighted today include the following.

    Senate GOP press conference empower residents, job training, removing barriers to employment, encourage first time home ownership

    Remove Barriers to Employment

    S.B. 294 AN ACT EXTENDING TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT.

    • This proposal would encourage recipients of temporary family assistance to obtain employment.
    • Recipients of TANF often are faced with a significant challenge when reentering the workforce. While a job provides long-term benefits, upon taking a job their families lose state benefits quickly creating a difficult transition period.
    • Such a system leaves people feeling trapped. If they take a job their family could suffer from an immediate loss of benefits. But if they remain unemployed they can’t ever climb up and out of the system.
    • By extending certain benefits for a time up to a year after a person obtains employment the state can encourage more people to take the step toward employment and reduce the fear that their families will suffer while they become established in the workforce.

    S.B. 290 AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES FOR WORKING PARENTS.

    • Currently, the income limit for new families applying for Care 4 Kids must be less than 50% of the state median income.
    • This bill will expand eligibility for child care subsidies to working parents whose incomes exceed 50% but not 75% of state-wide median income.
    • Will allow more parents to reenter the workforce by providing reliable child care for their children.

    Enhance Workforce Training

    S.B. 685 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE APPRENTICESHIP AND EMPLOYMENT RECRUITMENT AUTHORITY.

    • Would establish a public-private partnership to work on apprenticeships and employment recruitment opportunities. Modeled on the Connecticut Manufacturing Committee.

    S.B. 356 AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY CONCERNING GERMANY’S APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM.

    • To pursue alternative apprenticeship models to encourage growth in the manufacturing talent pipeline in the state. Would look at German and Swiss models.

    S.B. 242 AN ACT EXTENDING THE MANUFACTURING APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT TO PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES.

    • To increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the state.

    S.B. 275 AN ACT CONCERNING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION RELATED TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

    • As the Insurance Capital, Connecticut should work to ensure that public institutions of higher education are meeting the workforce needs of the insurance industry.
    • Requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut conduct a study of workforce development issues with regard to the insurance industry at public institutions of higher education within their jurisdiction.

    Encourage Self-Investment

    S.B. 602 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR CERTAIN FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS.

    • Would establish a credit against the personal income tax for certain first-time homebuyers.
      Proposed credit would be up to two thousand dollars against the personal income tax for first-time homebuyers who have deposited funds in a restricted account to be used for the purchase of a first home.
    • Would encourage home ownership and help people build their futures here in Connecticut.

    EmpowerPeople