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News from State Senator Beth Bye

March 23, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 2700
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Local Resources

Success! Standing Up for Our Water

VIDEO: Clean Water
I recently stood with citizens from Bloomfield, West Hartford, other Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) towns and numerous environmental advocacy groups to express concern about a deal between the town of Bloomfield and the Niagara Bottling Company that will allow up to 1.8 million gallons per day to be withdrawn from the Farmington River watershed, a water source controlled by the MDC that provides drinking water to 12 towns.

We spoke in favor of a bill I introduced in the General Assembly, Senate Bill 422, "AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENTIAL WATER RATES, PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCIES AND SELLERS OF BOTTLED WATER," which seeks to prioritize residential consumer water sales during public drinking water supply emergencies, prohibit companies that sell bottled water from receiving water rates less than residential customers, and ensure that sellers who export bottled water out of Connecticut do not pay lower sewer rates than residential customers.

I am happy to say that the bill was approved by the committee on a bipartisan 15-5 vote, and now heads to the Senate floor for further action.

A company selling water out of state shouldn't be paying less for that water than the local residents who are paying hundreds of millions of dollars for the infrastructure improvements to deliver that water and dispose of its waste. We also need drought protections in state statutes to ensure that our limited, natural resources are available for families to use in time of emergency, and are not simply there for corporations to make a profit off.

The Hartford Baking Company is Expanding

hartford baking
A few years ago I was happy to tour The Hartford Baking Company's New Park Avenue shop and talk with owner Scott Kluger about the investment he was making with state loans and grants; I voted for the legislation and the state funding that made those private-sector business loans and grants possible.

Since then I have watched as The Hartford Baking Company has soared to success; now they are opening a larger restaurant in downtown West Hartford!

This is yet another example of how state policies and financial investments are making a difference for our private-sector businesses and the people they employ. Congratulations HBC!

Fixing Our Roads

As the weather warms up, towns and cities will begin repaving roads and fixing potholes. While we all want smooth drives to work and school, the cost of paving programs can put a real dent in municipal budgets. This lack of funding can prevent towns and cities from filling that particularly pesky pothole or repaving your long overdue street.

In the state Senate, I was able to secure $60 million for Connecticut municipalities under the Town Aid Road program. This money will provide relief to town and city budgets so their paving programs can go further. Locally that means $687,000 for West Hartford, $373,000 for Farmington, $335,000 for Bloomfield and $259,000 for Burlington.

While the bulk of this funding goes to road repaving it can also be used for bridge maintenance, traffic signs and signals, and anything else that benefits public transportation.

Strengthening our transportation system is an important priority for me. I'm glad that towns and cities are getting more funding to meet these critical needs.

It's National Poison Prevention Week!

As you begin spring cleaning and work around the yard, the people at poisonprevention.org have a few simple tips to remember during National Poison Prevention Week that may help keep you and your family safe:

  • Keep poisons in the containers they came in. Do not use food containers (such as cups or bottles) to store household cleaners and other chemicals or products. These should be stored away from food.
  • Turn on fans and open windows when using chemicals or household cleaners, and never sniff containers to see what is inside.
  • When spraying chemicals, direct spray nozzle away from people and pets.
  • Even in small amounts, windshield wiper fluid is poisonous. If swallowed, it can cause blindness or death to people and pets. Use it carefully to avoid spraying it in someone's face.
  • Liquids made from petroleum--such as gasoline, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, paint thinner, baby oil, lamp oil, and furniture polish--are poisonous. If these items are swallowed, they can easily get into the lungs. Even a small amount can cause breathing problems. The liquid coats the inside of the lungs and prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream.
  • Pesticides (pest killers) can be taken in through the skin or inhaled and can be extremely poisonous. Even leather shoes and gloves do not offer full protection. Stay away from areas that have been sprayed until the spray has dried or for at least one hour.
  • Wear protective clothing when using bug spray or other spray products. Put on a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, socks, shoes, and gloves. Remove and wash clothing after using chemicals.
  • If pesticides are splashed onto the skin, rinse with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. If pesticide contacts clothing, take off the clothing before rinsing skin.

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Senator Beth Bye, Legislative Office Building, Room 2700, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Capitol telephone: 860-240-0428, or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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