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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

June 8, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Join Me at My Upcoming Open Office Hours on Tuesday, June 14

office hoursServing the needs of my constituents is my number one priority. I hope that you will join me at my upcoming office hours in Branford so that I can hear your thoughts and answer your questions about state issues affecting our communities. All residents of the 12th District are welcome to attend the session.

The Branford Office Hours will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 5:00pm—7:00pm. The event will be held in the Lucy Hammer Room at the James Blackstone Memorial Library, located on 758 Main Street in Branford.

A Manufacturing Comeback

It was recently reported that manufacturing in Connecticut is on the rebound, and the state is making valuable investments in community college school-to-work programs that are benefiting both employees and employers.

State officials and executives from Electric Boat and Sikorsky Aircraft touted Connecticut’s advanced manufacturing programs at Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley, Quinebaug Valley and Three Rivers community colleges.

Manufacturing employs about 160,000 people in Connecticut and has been up in each of the last three months over the same period in 2015, according to the state Department of Labor—and those jobs pay an average annual salary ranging between $38,000 and $74,000.

More than 4,600 companies in Connecticut are looking for qualified workers, and about 98 percent of the 500 students who graduate from one of Connecticut’s advanced manufacturing centers in our public technical school system will get a job.

I’m happy to see our investments in school-to-work programs paying off for both state residents and our blossoming manufacturing sector!

Packaging Reduction Legislation Signed into Law

Late last week, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a bill I passed that aims to reduce the amount of consumer packaging that ends up in Connecticut’s waste stream. Connecticut recently set a goal to reduce solid waste in our state by 60 percent by 2024. The dramatic increase in internet shopping has made this goal difficult, if not unobtainable. The increase in shipping materials, boxes, and other pieces of consumer packaging clog Connecticut’s waste stream and cost communities millions of dollars.

This new law establishes a task force that will research and recommend the best practices for reducing consumer packaging waste through improving Connecticut’s recycling infrastructure, working with businesses to reduce the amount of packaging they create and increasing the amount of biodegradable and recyclable materials used in consumer packaging. The recommendations of this task force will be used to reduce the amount of consumer packaging in the state’s waste stream by at least 25 percent by January 1, 2024.


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