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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

July 27, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Protecting State Parks

Our state parks are environmental treasures, important tourist destinations and economic engines. Studies have shown that every $1 spent on state parks in Connecticut generates $38 in economic activity. However, unlike most states, our state parks rely completely on funding from the state, and are therefore much more susceptible to budget conditions. As Senate Chair of the Environment Committee, and in recognition of the need to help offset our state budget cuts, I recently led passage of a bill that looks to analyze the best and most successful funding ideas from other states and identify alternative sources of revenue. The bill also asks food service vendors, camping operators, and other businesses to provide their thoughts and ideas on how to establish park-related businesses and improve amenities and other recreational offerings.

Improving Education for Children with Learning Disabilities

As an attorney, amputee and bone cancer survivor, I have spent my life fighting for fairness and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. That is why I led passage of a new law to ensure that our state's teachers have the tools they need to engage and educate students with dyslexia, a learning disability that impacts reading for thousands of Connecticut children. Educators will now receive instruction on diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia, aligned with strategies proven to help students become better readers.

Supporting & Building the Manufacturing Pipeline

During the recent Shoreline Economic Strategic Planning Summit, which I convened in collaboration with the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, many shoreline business leaders and advanced manufacturers pointed to a skills gap: that despite many current job openings, we still do not have enough trained, local applicants to fill these positions.

In order to address this key concern, I led passage of a bill that establishes a committee, a manufacturing program catalog and partnerships between the Commissioner of Education and the manufacturing industry in order to encourage students to consider careers in the manufacturing industry. In order to fulfill the needs of the manufacturing pipeline, the state must prepare and educate the workforce of the future. Manufacturing jobs will continue to be some of the most dependable, well-paid jobs in the state, but we need to ensure the need will be met. This bill will help ensure our state's manufacturers have access to qualified, local job applicants.


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