January 15, 2016
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Promoting Healthy Living at Goodwin Tech in New Britain
School-based health centers offer important health services at a location that is convenient for students and families. Studies have found that school-based health centers have been highly effective at improving health outcomes among students while also leading to improved school performance, grade promotion and high school completion rates.
Save Money on Your Electric Bill
Connecticut has developed one of the more robust competitive electricity retail markets in the country, according to a new report in the Hartford Business Journal: there are 75 suppliers competing in Eversource territory, and 53 in United Illuminating territory.
The most recent ABACCUS report (Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States), in July, ranked Connecticut’s residential market as the fourth best in America.
To learn how to potentially save money on your monthly electric bill, please visit: http://www.energizect.com
Expanding Access to Democracy
According to the online data analysis site TrendCT.org, 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.