Senate Democrats have led passage of legislation to give veteran-owned businesses additional bidding preferences under state contracting laws.

  • If Connecticut were a country it would be the 5th-most productive in the world
  • #3 Forbes ranking (2014) for overall quality of life due to low crime and poverty rates, a healthy populous and strong schools
  • Connecticut ranks fourth in the U.S. in average hourly wages as well as average weekly earnings
  • In proportion to the size of our economy, Connecticut has the second-lowest business taxes in the country
  • Connecticut ranks #1 as the healthiest state in the country
  • State government is shrinking with over 1,000 fewer employeesthan four years ago
  • The state’slong-term financial obligations have been reduced 8 percent

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 05/12/2016
    Senate Passes Budget; House Up Next
    CTNewsJunkie: Revising how education funding is distributed to Connecticut towns, cutting spending across the board, and changing the way future budgets are estimated are a few of the reforms highlighted by the Senate’s Democratic majority during a more than three-hour debate on the $19.76 billion budget on Thursday.
  • 05/12/2016
    Budget plan beefs up entrepreneur-development program
    Hartford Business Journal: The budget implementer bill being debated by state lawmakers in special session includes a measure to enhance the ability of CTNext, the state's entrepreneurial development entity, to directly oversee its funding and provide more programming and support for budding business owners, officials say.
  • 05/10/2016
    State links pyrrhotite to crumbling concrete Companies agree to halt sales from suspect quarry
    Journal Inquirer: J.J. Mottes Co. and Becker Construction have agreed to stop supplying aggregate for residential foundations for at least one season after the state found that Becker’s Quarry contains pyrrhotite, a mineral believed to be the cause of failing concrete.
  • 05/06/2016
    Senate OKs ban-the-box bill
    Hartford Business Journal: A bill that prohibits most employers from asking about criminal histories during the job application process is heading to the governor's desk.
  • 05/05/2016
    Lawmakers Pass Bill to Help With Crumbling Foundations
    NBC Connecticut: State lawmakers are taking action to try to help hundreds of homeowners struggling with crumbling foundations.
  • 05/05/2016
    New Disability Access Symbol Coming to Connecticut
    Hartford Courant: The familiar icon that has long symbolized accessibility for people with disabilities soon will be getting an overhaul in Connecticut.

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Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes

May 23, 2016 — Senators Osten and Maynard presented Wartime Service Medals to local veterans during a ceremony at the Submarine Force Library & Museum in Groton.

State Budget Negotiations

May 4, 2016 — Senate Leaders discuss plans for presenting a revised state budget.

Helping Homeowners with Crumbling Concrete Foundations

May 3, 2016 — Senator Osten announces the Senate’s final action to approve a bill that addresses crumbling concrete foundations.

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

May 3, 2016 — Senator Gerratana brought a bill to the floor of the Senate that aims to confront Connecticut’s growing opioid epidemic.