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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Closing the Door On Fracking Waste in Connecticut

I was proud to join my colleagues on the Environment Committee in the unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation that seeks to make permanent Connecticut's current moratorium on fracking waste. House Bill 6329, which bans the collecting, storing, handling, transporting, disposing or use of fracking waste in Connecticut, recently passed out of the House of Representatives 141-6. It now heads to the Senate. Connecticut placed a temporary moratorium on fracking waste three years ago, but the growing evidence of the waste's public health risks led committee action to make the ban permanent.

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Fracking is a dangerous process that generates millions of gallons of wastewater and has been linked to serious health and environmental consequences. The people of Connecticut have spoken very loudly in support of this ban, and I agree with them. There are currently no foolproof methods for storing and disposing of fracking waste, and its presence within our borders presents severe risks to our safety and that of the water in our state. That is why I supported this bill and will continue working with advocates and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle until it is passed in the Senate and Connecticut adopts a permanent ban on fracking waste.

Ensuring Effective Support for Our Business Community

Connecticut provides a number of critical support programs to help our business community grow and thrive, but we do not always take the time to evaluate "the bang for our buck." That’s why I recently voted in the Finance Committee for HB 7317, a bill that would establish an evaluation of all business assistance and tax incentive programs offered by Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). This performance audit of our job-creation programs will help determine which are working well, need modification or can be retired. State funding is critical for rebuilding Connecticut's economy, but we need to ensure that the limited pool of funds we have available for business assistance is used in a way that is most beneficial for our businesses community and the people of Connecticut.

Supporting Home Care for Seniors

Earlier this month, Guilford VNA Community Healthcare presented me with their Community Partner Award in recognition of my legislative work to expand home care options in Connecticut, especially my creation of the successful "Fast Track" program.

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The Fast Track approval program streamlines home care applications to promote timely home care accessibility and prevent taxpayer spending on costly institutional care. By expediting home care applications, we are ensuring that people get the care they need as soon as possible, all while saving taxpayer dollars. Before this program was implemented, some seniors were waiting an extended period of time to get approval for the home care their doctor recommended. Waiting for this care put them at risk of getting worse and ending up in the hospital. I am glad we were able to find a solution to this problem, and I couldn't have done it without the incredible advocates at the VNA. There is still much to be done, and I look forward to continuing our work together.