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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Budget Update

I have been working alongside my colleagues all summer to pass a responsible state budget that supports the communities in the 12th Senatorial District while also laying the foundation for economic growth. Unfortunately the budget that passed last week does not accomplish these things. It makes deep cuts to UConn and other state institutions of higher education, while also ending funding used for economic development.

The cuts in the Republican budget target green jobs programs. Aegis Solar of Branford and other clean energy companies have stated that if these cuts go into effect, they will struggle to support the jobs they currently have and may need to leave Connecticut. The cuts also end funding for small businesses, manufacturers, and the bioscience companies that have begun to thrive in our communities. Additionally, this budget aims to dismantle tourism districts, which we all know are a great economic driver on the shoreline. These cuts, along with more than a billion dollars in taxes and fees raised by this budget, are not the solution Connecticut needs.

We need a budget, and it should be one that has bipartisan input and passes with bipartisan support. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the budget that Connecticut needs.

Bioscience Continuing to Grow on the Shoreline

This week, I had the pleasure of being invited to visit FreeThink Technologies in Branford. FreeThink is a world leader in the science of potency and stability for pharmaceuticals. They began operating several years ago in a UConn incubator, before moving to Branford where they are rapidly expanding and already outgrowing their lab space.

FreeThink has developed technology that allows them to determine the shelf-life of prescription and over-the-counter medicines more quickly and accurately than has ever been possible. This technology helps pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies save money, while giving consumers the peace of mind in knowing their medicine is within the expiration period. FreeThink employs Connecticut-educated people while also attracting applicants from around the country. This business is an example of exactly the kind of synergy between higher-education and innovation that has become abundant in the Branford bioscience corridor and should become the foundation for Connecticut’s economic future.

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