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News from State Senator Beth Bye

January 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Connecticut A Leader in Job Growth

JobsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over the past 12 months, Connecticut experienced the sixth-largest decline in unemployment of any state in the nation. According to the most recent federal and state data, jobless numbers dropped from 6.3 percent in November 2014 to 5.1 percent in November 2015, one of the largest decreases nationwide.

Data released earlier this month shows that Connecticut has recovered all of the private sector jobs that were lost during the 2008 recession, bringing the state’s private sector recovery rate to 101.6 percent. Over the year, Connecticut has added 26,800 nonfarm jobs.

A Top-10 Energy Efficient State

energyAn annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated Connecticut among the Top 10 energy-efficient states in America.

Connecticut was noted for its financial incentives and energy efficiency investments. The state ranked sixth in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the same position it held in 2014.

According to the report, “Connecticut’s leadership is committed to pursuing policies that encourage energy efficiency within the state, although processes like building code adoption have moved relatively slowly in recent years. Connecticut has put significant resources behind the launching of its green bank. While there are signs of early success, these projects will need to be closely tracked as other states look to Connecticut as an example. Connecticut will need to realize even higher levels of savings in the future in order to remain in the top tier and meet state energy savings targets.”

More Democracy, Thanks to Democrats

voteAccording to the online data analysis site, nearly 40,000 state residents—Democrats, Republicans, unaffiliated voters and minor party members—have used Connecticut’s new online system to register to vote since Democrats in the legislature passed “An Act Concerning Voting Rights” in 2012 over unanimous Republican opposition. The online registration option took effect in 2014.

TrendCT reports that in 2014, nearly 24,000 Connecticut residents registered to vote using the new system, and another 17,000 used it in 2015; nearly 42 percent of those who registered online in 2014 were between the ages of 18 and 29.

This is yet another example of how Connecticut Democrats are trying to increase public participation in our democracy.


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