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State Senator Gary Winfield: Your Voice

June 2, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Investing in Our Neighborhoods

Senator Winfield at Q HouseDespite the difficult choices we have had to make to address the state's financial hardship, I want you to know that our delegation continues to fight for investments in our community, families and children.

Last week, the State Bond Commission approved a $1 million grant-in-aid to the New Haven Free Public Library for relocation of the Willis K. Stetson Library to the new Q House. This will allow for increased resources and enhanced technologies targeted for exploration and discovery with children and families; teen development and creativity; adult literacy, workforce development and job preparedness; heath, wellness and nutrition resources; and cross-generational active learning and skill development.

This investment proves that the state is serious about ensuring our residents have access to opportunities to enhance and advance their lives, and I am proud to be an advocate for this project.

The state is also continuing to invest in the Dwight Gardens Co-Op, authorizing a nearly $4 million loan to assist with completing the renovations to 80 units of affordable housing.

We are committed to rebuilding and investing in this neighborhood in a way that is good for the city and the people who live here.

A New Commitment to Ending Opioid Abuse

opioid prescriptionJust last week, Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that I voted for that will make huge strides in combatting opioid abuse (often beginning with prescription painkiller abuse) that has led to so many deaths in Connecticut in recent years.

The new law requires first responders to carry overdose-reversing drugs, limits initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases involving acute pain, makes changes to a prescription monitoring program aimed at helping prescribers identify patients who could be misusing drugs, and charges the state's Alcohol and Drug Policy Council with developing a plan to reduce the number of opioid-induced deaths in the state.

On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut--more than those who die in car accidents or from gunshots. There were about 2,000 drug overdose deaths in Connecticut between 2012 and 2015, and the 723 overdose deaths last year were more than twice the number three years ago.

It is my belief that this new law--supported on a unanimous and bipartisan basis--will begin to curb the plague of opioid-related deaths in our great state.

A Manufacturing Comeback

manufactIt was reported last week 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!


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