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Rep. Klarides-Ditria, Republicans Release Budget Focused on the Future

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HARTFORD – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria said the revised Republican budget plan issued on Wednesday addresses the budget shortfall, restores the Medicare Savings Program in full, and will stabilize future state budgets.

“We need to focus on the future and not place today’s fiscal problems on the next generation,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Our plan prioritizes spending and will lead to a brighter future for Connecticut.”

The revised Republican budget proposal does the following:

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House Passes Sports Helmets Safety Bill Introduced by Klarides Sisters

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HARTFORD – Yesterday, the House unanimously passed legislation, introduced by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, which will provide consumers with better information regarding the safety of sports helmets.

The Klarides sisters brought this legislation forward after, Jason Klein of Force3 Pro Gear, a local Derby business, expressed his frustration that his company and others were unable to share their helmet safety test results with the public.

According to Klein, sports safety helmets are tested by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. The NOCSAE helmet standard uses a pass/fail threshold to determine whether or not a helmet meets the standard performance criteria. The NOCSAE pass/fail threshold is 1200 Severity Index units or SI. A helmet must test below 1200 SI in all 16 designated and random impact locations, including impacts at a helmet in ambient, high and low temperatures.

Klein said in testimony, “There’s been no place for an athlete or parent seeking helmet safety information to turn and no way for them to compare results with other helmets currently on the market.”

Rep. Klarides and Klarides-Ditria said in a joint statement, “Helmet manufacturers should be able to tell the public that their protective equipment is tested and safe. We want to thank Jason for bringing this forward. This legislation will keep athletes of all ages safe.”

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Votes No on $15 Million UConn Graduate Contract

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HARTFORD – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria explained that the Graduate Employee Union Local 6950 approved by House Democrats on Friday would cost the state more than $15 million dollars over four years.

“A two percent increase for graduate teachers and research assistants at UConn will continue to increase the cost of tuition,” said Rep. Klarides –Ditria. “If this contract is approved by the Senate the benefits for a graduate employee would be nearly $40,000 a year. This contract is wrong in many ways and asking students and parents to pay more for tuition, so a select few can receive outrageous benefits, is unacceptable.”

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