Catherine Abercrombie

Serving the 83rd Assembly District

Berlin, Meriden

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Legislative Office Building, Room 2704
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
Capitol: 800-842-1902

Dear Neighbor,

The 2014 legislative session ended recently and I want to update you about what I have been up to in Hartford. This year was a short three-month session, but I am proud of the work that we got done in such a short period of time.

My colleagues and I were appalled to hear about the lack of response to sexual assaults on the University of Connecticut’s campus, and I was honored to co-sponsor a bill that mandates reporting of sexual assaults on campus. This bill, now law, also makes sure that students who report a sexual assault are immediately notified of their rights, and the response by the university is handled by law enforcement who have been specifically trained to deal with these crimes.

In an effort to continue to help Connecticut’s struggling economy, I was pleased to support a minimum wage increase, which will rise to $10.10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. Working parents simply cannot afford to support their families at the current minimum wage, and deserve a livable wage. The legislature also passed a law that keeps United Technologies, who owns Pratt &Whitney and Sikorsky, here in Connecticut for at least the next 10 years. During this time, the company estimates it will contribute more than $400 million to the state’s economy. This is also great news for the employees of UTC, who now know that their jobs will remain in Connecticut for the foreseeable future.

I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if I can ever be of help to you or your family!