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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Disability Rights: the Unfinished Business of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Earlier this week, I was given the opportunity to deliver the keynote speech at the annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast at St. Therese Catholic Church in Branford. I spoke about Dr. King’s legacy and the work that still must be done to ensure equality for all people. Dr. King fought for equality, justice and inclusion for all, including people with disabilities. I lost my leg to bone cancer when I was 12, and so this aspect of Dr. King’s work is particularly important to me.

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Much progress has been made since I was a child to protect the rights of people with disabilities. As a citizen, attorney and legislator, I have fought to ensure that people with disabilities are valued equally and are able to participate fully in our society. There is still more work to do though, particularly in the workplace. The rate of unemployment among people with disabilities is twice that of the overall population. I recently wrote an opinion piece for CNN about the importance of giving people with disabilities the opportunity to hold a job and contribute to their workplace. I hope you will take a moment to read it and join me in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy by fighting to ensure his work continues.

Lowering the Cost of Doing Business in Connecticut

The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved a 14% cut to workers’ compensation insurance premiums. This means that 2018 will be the fourth consecutive year that employers will see their insurance premiums fall.

This workers’ compensation decrease is a significant savings for all Connecticut employers, allowing them to invest more money in other areas of their business that can help them grow and create jobs in our state. These decreases are the result of safer workplaces that have resulted in fewer workplace injuries, as well as the average medical cost per claim declining in recent years. I will continue to work with employers and state agencies to keep these costs down and find other ways to lower the financial burden placed on Connecticut’s businesses.

Join me for Open Office Hours

I recently scheduled office hours in North Branford. I hope that you will join me so that I can hear your thoughts and questions about state issues affecting our communities. Past meetings have given me important insight into how I can better represent my constituents, and led to several legislative proposals. I hope you will be able to attend my office hours so I can speak with you about the work I’ve done on your behalf and hear your suggestions.

Even if you cannot attend, you can always contact me or my legislative aide about how I can address the issues that you and your family care about. I will continue to keep an open door as we work together to make our region of the state an even better place to live and to work. All residents of the 12th District are welcome to attend:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Atwater Memorial Library, Community Room
1720 Foxon Road, North Branford