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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.
     

November 22, 2016

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Room 3200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Securing Open Space in Branford and Madison

Last week, I announced the approval of state grants that will be used to preserve open space in Branford and Madison. The natural character of Connecticut's shoreline communities is a big part of what makes them such great places to live. Protecting our environmental assets will also help ensure future economic prosperity for our region.

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Branford will receive a $91,000 grant for the purpose of protecting the Warner/Hull property. Located abutting and just south of I-95 along the Branford-Guilford town line, this 29.1 acre undeveloped wood lot within the Hoadley Creek watershed contributes to an existing greenway of unfragmented forest and complements existing preserved open space. Wildlife habitat, water quality, forest protection and public recreation will be enhanced or permanently protected. This preservation project will be sponsored by the Branford Land Trust.

Madison will receive a $715,000 grant for the acquisition of two parcels that are currently owned by the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority in the Town of Madison. These undeveloped wood lots are located on Summer Hill Road and Route 80. Acquisition would protect this land, the forest, and the associated habitats, provide for expanded trail development and interconnect several abutting open space parcels for a continuous greenway. These parcels are a combined 63.78 acres in size, and their preservation will be sponsored by the Madison Land Conservation Trust (MLCT). These new properties will link lands already preserved by MLCT, establishing over 300 acres of connected open space.

Visit the New Scranton Library

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On Friday, December 2, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., there will be a final "Open House" for the plan to modernize Madison's Scranton Memorial Library. This meeting and tour will provide a great preview of the new plans for the library's renovation and expansion. Come learn about the many proposed improvements and advantages of the proposal, view the 3-D architectural model and meet members of the library's board and staff.

Local libraries have evolved over the last century from quiet nooks of solitude to active, engaging community meeting places. I am pleased that I was able to secure $1 million in new state aid for this important community economic development effort.

Cracking Down on Pharmaceutical Price Increases

prescriptionEarlier this year, I announced my intention to introduce a series of practical reforms aimed at bringing down the rising costs of prescription drug prices in Connecticut. Pharmaceutical companies have been steadily increasing prices for their top-selling medicines over many years, impacting both the state budget and everyday consumers.

While this is a problem that would be best tacked at the national level, there are several potential solutions that Connecticut can undertake on its own, including:

  • Implement a cost transparency law that requires drug companies to account for drug development, marketing, advertising and other costs;
  • Stop purchasing in silos and require the state to aggregate its drug spending from all taxpayer-funded programs, including Medicaid, public employees and retirees, and other groups, to better leverage its competitive negotiating position;
  • Consider bulk purchasing savings presented by multi-state purchasing alliances;
  • Engage a pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) to develop preferred drug lists, new formularies and/or generic substitution, harnessing market forces and better pricing competition between same-category drugs. Allow citizens to avail themselves of these prices and make the PBM a fiduciary;
  • Immediately authorize and direct the state attorney general to investigate the legality of excessive price increases under Connecticut consumer law; and
  • Direct the newly created Connecticut state drug price task force to prioritize an analysis of various other state-initiated mechanisms that would be appropriate for Connecticut to consider.

 

 
 

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