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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

April 27, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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On the Web

Capitol: 860-240-5302
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Supporting Veteran-owned Businesses

VIDEO: Vets Biz
Last week, I joined a unanimous and bipartisan vote in the state Senate for a bill that gives veteran-owned small businesses additional bidding preferences under state contracting laws.

If military veterans own a small business in Connecticut, we should give them a preference when bidding on state contracts. It's one more way we can give back for all they've done for us.

The bill amends state law to allow the state Department of Administrative Services to give a 15 percent price preference to veteran-owned micro-businesses bidding on state contracts. Currently, DAS is only authorized to give up to a 10 percent preference.

If the bill passes the House and is signed into law by the governor, Connecticut will become the 12th state in the country to provide a set-aside for veteran-owned businesses when it comes to state contracting.

Senate passage of this bill continues my multi-year focus to improve the lives of our veterans.

Just last year, I voted to enact several pro-veteran measures, including:

  • The Veterans for Agriculture Program, which requires the state Department of Agriculture to assist vets who want to start an agricultural business.
  • The Veteran's Opportunity Pilot Program to help homeless vets find jobs, which as of August 2015 had already helped 75 homeless veterans from across Connecticut find quality employment.
  • An Act Establishing the Women's Veteran's Program, which requires the state Department of Veteran's Affairs to establish a program focusing exclusively on the unique needs of our returning female veterans.
  • An Act Concerning Services Available to Veterans on State College and University Campuses, which improves on-campus services offered at OASIS Centers for returning vets to visit.
  • Senate Bill 520, which provided significant income tax relief to veterans by fully exempting their retirement pay from taxation.



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