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State Rep. Kathy Kennedy: Federal assistance for broadband access ($50/month)

Posted on May 14, 2021


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The American Rescue Plan of 2021, signed March 11, 2021, included $3.2 Billion in assistance for broadband access for individuals and families in need. The program went live today, Wednesday, May 12th. Details of this program, Emergency Broadband Benefit, are as below.

Eligibility criteria:
A household is eligible for this program if a member of the household meets any one of the criteria below:
– Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast

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REPRESENTATIVE KENNEDY APPLAUDS HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION

Posted on May 14, 2021


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HARTFORD- State Representative Kathy Kennedy (R-Milford) has supported passage of HB 6657, An Act Concerning Human Trafficking. This legislation passed through the Connecticut House of Representatives in unanimous bipartisan support. 

This legislation is a trafficking survivors (victims) support bill permitting them an opportunity to succeed in society,” says Rep. Kennedy. “What advocates have found is that victims of human trafficking are often coerced into committing other crimes by their trafficker.

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Rep. Kennedy: Winter Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline Extended to June 15

Posted on May 10, 2021


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Families and Individuals Seeking Assistance Should Visit www.ct.gov/staywarm or Call 2-1-1 for Guidance

I just wanted you to know that the Department of Social Services is encouraging Connecticut residents who need help paying last winter’s home heating bills to consider applying for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. An extended application deadline of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, gives eligible families and individuals additional time to apply for this assistance program.

Connecticut residents

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Rep. Kennedy, Milford Lawmakers Call on State Regulators to Reject Cell Tower Siting on Post Road

Posted on May 5, 2021


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MILFORD- This week, State Reps. Kathy Kennedy (R-119), Charles Ferraro (R-117) along with the rest of the Milford Legislative Delegation co-signed a letter to the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) asking the CSC to reject ARX Wireless Infrastructure’s (ARX) application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the construction, maintenance and operation of a telecommunications facility located at 1061-1063 Boston Post Road in Milford.

In the letter the lawmakers state:

‘Milford

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Rep. Kathy Kennedy: Can you afford a new Gas Tax?

Posted on April 29, 2021


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Can you afford a new Gas Tax?
I, along with my Republican colleagues and advocates from the food and fuel industries held a press conference on Wednesday in response to growing concern of how a new gas tax will increase your living expenses. Instead of crafting policies that will help residents and businesses meet the challenges of the pandemic, the governor and legislative Democrats continue to present new ways to tax you.

The new gas tax will be implemented as a revenue mechanism to fund the Transportation

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Rep. Kennedy Supports Bill to Protect Nursing Home Residents

Posted on April 28, 2021


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HARTFORD – To improve resident safety in a long-term care facility, as well as providing better opportunities for a resident to maintain closer contact with their family members, friends and care giving team, State Representative Kathy Kennedy (R-119) today joined her colleagues to pass a measure to allow nursing home residents or their families to be able to install and use video monitoring and communication equipment in their room.

“The Covid pandemic has shown that the enforced isolation of seniors

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State Rep. Kathy Kennedy Op-ed: State Budget Time

Posted on April 27, 2021


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This year in addition to serving as Ranking Member on Executive and Legislative Nominations, being a member of the Public Health and Education Committees, I am honored to sit on the Appropriations Committee. The committee’s main focus is to write the two-year state budget. In addition, the committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to state employees’ salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers’ retirement and veterans’ pensions, as well as collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards

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Rep. Kennedy, Business Leaders Warn of Unemployment Debt Crisis

Posted on April 8, 2021


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Give Business Some Relief

HARTFORD — State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) joined leaders of Connecticut’s business community Wednesday in calling on the state to use incoming federal pandemic aid to shield employers from as much as $1 billion in looming unemployment taxes.

“This pandemic has hit small business and mom-and-pop shops the hardest, and these businesses can ill-afford to take on another financial hit. The State has been given federal dollars and we should do our best to help these job-creators.

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Rep. Kennedy Supports Education Proposals for CT Students

Posted on April 5, 2021


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Issues brought to light during Covid

HARTFORD- State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) last week supported two pieces of legislation in the legislature’s Education Committee aimed at establishing clear minimum guidelines and standards for remote learning to ensure quality education and establishing a social-emotional learning to adequately mental health support for all Connecticut students.

The distance learning proposal, An Act Concerning Virtual Learning, would require the state Department of Education

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State Rep. Kathy Kennedy Op-ed: Working to Curb the Rise of Car Thefts by Juveniles

Posted on April 5, 2021


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Working to Curb the Rise of Car Thefts by Juveniles

By State Rep. Kathy Kennedy

Many Orange and Milford residents have shared their frustration with, not just an escalation of motor vehicle break-ins, but also the outright brazen these car thefts committed by juveniles who seem to act without fear of significant legal repercussion.

This February, Milford Police Chief Keith Mello told the members of the city’s Board of Police Commissioners that car thefts and robberies are on the rise in Milford.

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