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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

June 15, 2016

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

E-mail me here

On the Web

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

A New Option for Community College Safety

I'm pleased to say that the governor has signed into law a public safety measure that I lobbied long and hard for at the request of my constituents.

The new law will allow--but not require--the creation of special campus police forces on Connecticut's regional community-technical colleges in order to help provide a quicker, on-campus armed response to any potential threats to students, staff and the public.

Police officers on such campus police forces generally have the same powers as municipal police officers.

This option has been a long time in the making. I have always seen this as a public safety issue. We have been arming police in America to protect the public for over a century, and now we are simply asking the Board of Regents to allow the same level of protection on community college campuses for our students.

It's anticipated that five of Connecticut's 12 community college campuses will seek to create an armed, campus police force.

New Ranking Places Connecticut #1 for Fortune 500 Companies Per Capita

According to Fortune Magazine's 2016 list of Fortune 500 companies, Connecticut's 18 Fortune 500 companies put it at the top of the list of states when measured on a per-capita basis.

We have five Fortune 500 companies in the state for every million residents--five times the national median of one Fortune 500 company for every million residents.

Connecticut's Fortune 500 companies are: United Technologies Corp. (Farmington); Aetna (Hartford); Cigna (Bloomfield); Xerox (Stamford); The Hartford (Hartford); Stanley Black & Decker (New Britain); Praxair (Danbury); Charter Communications (Stamford); Priceline Group (Norwalk); XPO Logistics (Greenwich); W.R. Berkley (Greenwich); Emcor (Norwalk); Terex (Westport); Harman International (Stamford); United Rentals (Stamford); Starwood Resorts & Hotels (Stamford); Frontier Communications (Norwalk); and Amphenol (Wallingford).

This concentration of businesses is good for Connecticut, and it ties in well with a bill that Democrats in the General Assembly passed this year to leverage innovation and entrepreneurship for jobs in the new economy. This new law uses our economic strengths--a highly educated and productive workforce, top-tier universities and existing businesses--to capture future job growth at startups and expansion-ready companies.

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