Statement of Senator Bye on Budget Vote in Senate

Senator Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, said, "The budget passed today is critical to move our state forward.  On the plus side, this budget provides continued state funding for our towns and schools. It continues funding for college scholarships. This budget provides funding for critical human and social services, services like early childhood education. But this budget also raises taxes on our lower-income citizens by changing the EITC credit. This budget cuts funding for UCONN and the CSU system too much; higher education is our advantage as a state. This budget cuts funding to CEN and OSB, which hurts economic development efforts to improve Connecticut's broadband infrastructure. But our job is to pass a budget, and tonight we passed a budget. Next session we will come back and revisit the shortcomings in this spending plan. For now, we move forward with a budget for the citizens of Connecticut.”

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Preventing underage vaping, opioid use part of Senate Democrats’ road map for a ‘Healthy Connecticut’

February 7, 2019

A collection of bills aiming to improve the health of state residents were presented Thursday afternoon as part of Senate Democrats’ blueprint for a more “Healthy Connecticut."

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Marijuana, sports betting and debt-free college all part of Senate Democrats' plan to compete economically with nearby states

February 6, 2019

Senate Democrats promoted a series of bills Wednesday to legalize marijuana, establish sports betting and create debt-free college and student loan forgiveness programs, a package of proposals meant to make Connecticut more economically competitive with neighboring states and to retain young college graduates.

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Marijuana, sports betting and debt-free college all part of Senate Democrats' plan to compete economically with nearby states

February 4, 2019

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7 legislative priorities for Connecticut Democrats include paid leave, early voting, minimum wage

February 6, 2019

House and Senate Democrats rolled out their seven top legislative priorities for 2019 Monday, endorsing a paid family leave program and an increase in the minimum wage.

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