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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Creating Jobs and Expanding Bioscience with Smart State Investments

Last week, I led passage a bill that will improve Connecticut's ability to make targeted investments aimed at encouraging growth and job creation in bioscience and precision medicine. Senate Bill 962 calls for metrics to be developed by a private vendor that will help the state measure the impact of its investments. These metrics will be used by Connecticut Innovations to vet bioscience proposals. The bill received unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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A 2015 economic competitiveness diagnostic of Connecticut found that the state has great assets and economic drivers in research and development, bioscience, and health data. In response to those findings, Senator Hartley and her colleagues on the legislature's Commerce Committee have worked with stakeholders to develop and pass legislation encouraging further development in these areas. As this industry grows, it is critical that the state know how to best target its financial support in order to ensure maximum job growth and economic impact. Once implemented, Senate Bill 962 will give the state a more accurate picture of industry trends, allowing the Department of Economic and Community Development and its other partners to better target state resources.

Learn About Connecticut's Emerging Cash Crop

With the rapid growth of craft beer breweries in our state and around the country, many people believe there is an opportunity for more people to begin growing hops in Connecticut. While there are about 50 craft breweries around the state, many of them specializing in hop-heavy beers, there are only a handful of breweries and farms growing hops. This has resulted in most Connecticut breweries being forced to import hops from the northwest and other parts of the country, despite our climate being ideal for producing locally grown hops.

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There will be an informational session next month for anyone interested in learning more about the latest research on growing hops in Connecticut. James LaMondia, the Chief Scientist at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, and Thad McKenney, a Fermentation Specialist form Brew & Wine Hobby, will deliver a presentation on all aspects of hop production, including different methods to grow them, pest and disease management, and harvest strategies. The informational session will be held on Monday, June 5 from 7:00--9:00 p.m. at the Portland Senior Center on 7 Waverly Avenue in Portland, Connecticut.

Join Me to Help-A-Hero in Branford on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day I will be helping a local drive to help homeless veterans with my colleagues Representative Lonnie Reed and Representative Sean Scanlon. Donations will be accepted at the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th to benefit the Veteran Service Centers at the South Park Inn and Homes for the Brave.

Items needed include, but are not limited to:

  • - Health care and personal hygiene products
  • - Socks, t-shirts, hats, boots, gloves, umbrellas
  • - Gift cards
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On May 31st the donations will be brought to the State Capitol to fill a Humvee, and then turned over to the Veterans Service Centers for the South Park Inn and Homes for the Brave for distribution to veterans.