Serving the 104th Assembly District
Legislative Office Building, Room 2100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
I am pleased to share this update on the recently concluded legislative session. Each year brings a new set of challenges and the 2014 session was no different. The need to encourage economic growth, help working families, and make critical investments in the future of our children, as well as our state, was clear.
Meeting these priorities while also adopting a balanced budget with no new taxes took hard work, but I am happy that my colleagues and I were able to achieve our goals. Working in a bipartisan manner, we were able to increase funding for education and enable more children to attend pre-school. We also made additional investments in job creation programs such as STEP-UP, which encourages employers to hire veterans and the unemployed.
Recognizing the struggle of many working families, we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. By helping thousands of minimum wage earners, hundreds of millions of dollars will pour into our state economy. Spurring more economic development was also a priority that we met by helping United Technologies Corp. upgrade and expand its aerospace research and manufacturing facilities across the state including Sikorsky Aircraft. This will help their suppliers and related businesses.
I hope you find the enclosed information helpful. Feel free to call or email me for any reason — legislative or otherwise. It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your state representative.
State Representative Linda Gentile