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Rep. McCarty Advocates for Expansion of Bereavement and Counseling Services for Children

Posted on February 29, 2024


There is a real need for bereavement and counseling services in Connecticut, especially for younger populations who may not have the skills or maturity to process the death of a friend or loved one.  Creating a Task Force is the logical next step to last year’s successful creation of a working group to study this issue.  I encourage my colleagues to consider and support the creation of this important and much-needed Task Force.

Area Lawmakers Push for More Safety Precautions at Gardner Lake State Park in Salem

Posted on February 28, 2024


State Reps. Holly Cheeseman (R-37), Kathleen McCarty (R-38) and Irene Haines (R-34) along with Salem First Selectman Ed Chmielewski came together to support a legislative proposal which develops a safety capacity for Gardner Lake State Park in order to protect public safety in the area.

The legislation, 5216, An Act Concerning The Safety Capacity At Gardner Lake State Park received a public hearing in the legislature’s Environment Committee on Wednesday February 28th.

According to the state and local

CT House and Senate Republicans Offer Ideas to Provide Ratepayers Relief on Electric Bills

Posted on February 23, 2024


Today, House and Senate Republicans unveiled a set of policy goals to provide Connecticut residents with long-term rate reduction, long-term stability, and short-term relief from ever-increasing energy costs.

Unfortunately, past decisions are coming back to harm ratepayers today, and the policy proposals presented today have the power to right the proverbial ship and provide immediate help to struggling ratepayers. Our plan proposes using federal ARPA funds to eliminate a substantial shortfall caused

Public Informational Meetings: 2024 Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations – February 26th & 28th

Posted on February 21, 2024


The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program (MFP) announced they will be holding two Public Informational Meetings to provide information on the status of important recreational fisheries and planned recreational regulations for the 2024 fishing season, as well as to gather public input on 2024 regulation options for scup and summer flounder. The same information will be presented at both meetings.

The first meeting will be held in person on Monday, February 26th from 6:30-8:00 PM at:

UCONN Avery Point

Rep. McCarty opposes shifts in Governor’s proposed education budget

Posted on February 16, 2024


WBDC Ignite Grant Applications Being Accepted Now!

Posted on February 6, 2024


New name. Same great opportunity.

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) announced that applications for the Ignite grant, formerly known as the Equity Match Grant, are now being accepted!

The deadline to apply is March 14, 2024. The application is also offered in Spanish.

According to the WBDC, the “ignite grant provides a groundbreaking opportunity for Connecticut women-owned businesses. Since 2020, WBDC has provided grants totaling more than $2.5M to 276 women-owned businesses in every

Free ArrayRx Card May Help You Save on Prescription Medicine

Posted on February 2, 2024


I wanted you to know about a program that may help lower the cost of your prescription drugs. The ArrayRx discount card program launched in recent months and is FREE for residents.

The program works with a partnership of states to leverage their buying power to lower prescription drug costs.

The card is provided to consumers digitally via e-mail and can be downloaded to smartphone wallets. Using the card, you can save up to 80% on generic medications and 20% on brand name prescriptions.

To learn

Follow the 2024 Legislative Session online

Posted on February 2, 2024


The 2024 legislative session begins on Wednesday, Feb. 7th, and with the truncated timeline of the “short session” there will surely be a lot to keep track of.

If you want to follow along with legislative business, many meetings, hearings, and news conferences will be livestreamed through the Connecticut Public Affairs Network.

You can track legislation and find out information about the legislature’s committees by visiting the Connecticut General Assembly’s website.

And you can review reports, major

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Support Local Food Pantries

Posted on January 31, 2024


Dear friends and neighbors,

The cold winter weather combined with rising inflation and higher costs for groceries is exacerbating the issue of food insecurity and hunger right here in our community, and across our state.

Many Connecticut residents are struggling to make ends meet, pay bills, and afford costly medications and food. They can use our help.

A small donation can make a HUGE difference and many pantries or soup kitchens make it easier than ever to provide a positive impact right from your

2024 Major Issues Report Available Now

Posted on January 22, 2024


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its annual report on important issues that the General Assembly may face during the 2024 legislative session that begins on February 7th.

You can view or download the report by clicking here.