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STATE SENATOR

Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

2017 A Year of Challenges and Successes

As we say goodbye to another year, I wanted to send you an end of year recap from my office. First, I will share some of my favorite moments with you, then a 2017 legislative recap.

In the Community

One of the best things about my role as a senator is being able to recognize people in our community who go above and beyond to be outstanding citizens.

Trumbull Integrity Awards
For the 2nd year, I honored community members in Trumbull with the Senator Moore Integrity Award for their adherence to the values of community, discovery, excellence, integrity, respect and responsibility.

Sen. Moore Year in review

Recognizing Bridgeport’s Youth Farmers
It was a learning experience for me as I toured two of Green Village Initiative (GVI) community gardens in Bridgeport this summer where I met with a group of youth leaders who are championing food justice and sustainable urban horticulture in their community. I awarded the youth crew, who attend local high schools, with official state citations for being “food leaders” in their community.

Sen. Moore Year in review: youth farmers

Monroe 5th-Graders Essay Contest
Monroe Elementary School student Harini Gosukonda, her parents, and older sister visited the State Capitol with her family this spring after winning my 5th-Grade Essay Contest. Harini’s passion for reading and helping others lead her to write an essay about collecting toys for local children’s hospitals and distributing mini-libraries throughout the town.

Sen. Moore Year in review: essay

I am looking forward to creating more great memories with my constituents in Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe in 2018.

Legislative Recap

This was the longest budget impasse in the state’s history. With a multi-billion dollar deficit, the legislature had to make a number of tough decisions. During the year and throughout the budget talks, I met with many local residents, including teachers, caregivers and seniors to hear their concerns. I brought those ideas and needs to the budget deliberations. During this process, my goal was to stay focused on getting a final budget that provided for seniors, invested in our schools and children, protected cities and towns from devastating cuts, and maintained the necessary services that our state provides for so many that are in need.

After numerous budget proposals and a vetoed budget, the legislature, working in a bipartisan manner, passed a budget. The ultimate budget that passed included many provisions that I did not support and fell short for many Connecticut residents. However, given the need for both sides of the aisle to compromise on a bipartisan budget, I ultimately voted to pass it and end the budget stalemate.

Here are some of the issues that were important to me in 2017.

Standing Up for Women’s Health
With the continued threat to women’s health care at the national level, I passed legislation that allows legislators to address any federal funding cuts to these programs within 90 days. Connecticut needs to protect women’s health now more than ever.

Investing in Bioscience Jobs
I worked with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to coordinate efforts across the state to prepare our workforce and position Connecticut as a national leader in biomedical research. We are locked in a global competition to create good-paying jobs and support high-growth industries. With our talented, hardworking and highly educated workforce, Connecticut possesses all of the ingredients to capitalize on the exponential growth that is set to occur in precision medicine and biomedical research.

Prioritizing Students & Education
I fought to maintain a strong level of local education funding by reversing devastating cuts proposed by the governor. We also defended college scholarships for low- and middle-income students and preserved funding for UConn, Housatonic Community College, and the rest of the Connecticut State University system.

Sen. Moore Year in review: colleges

Supporting Our Seniors
We have a plan to eliminate all taxes on Social Security and pension income for single filers with an income below $75,000 and joint filers below $100,000 by 2019. Providing seniors with increased financial security will help them remain in their homes and continue to support the local economy.

Saving “Care 4 Kids
I supported the reopening of Connecticut’s “Care 4 Kids” program which helps low-income families pay for child care costs. Funding this program helps keep parents at work and their children in good care.

Protecting Our Immigrant Community
In January, I rallied alongside hundreds of immigrant rights advocates at Bridgeport City Hall to call on Bridgeport’s City Council to declare Bridgeport a Sanctuary City. Ultimately, the Council passed a resolution declaring Bridgeport a “Welcoming City” for all, reaffirming the city’s commitment to welcoming undocumented immigrants. The Bridgeport Board of Education also voted to declare Bridgeport a Safe Haven School District.

Sen. Moore Year in review: sancturary city

Combating Hate Crimes
The recent, alarming surge in hate crimes must be met with a strong and clear response. That’s why I was proud to join my Democratic colleagues to strengthen Connecticut’s hate crime laws, making them the strongest in the nation. It is extremely important that we act quickly to send a strong message and renounce hate in all its forms.

Thermal Loop for Bridgeport
The bipartisan $41.3 billion state budget passed this year moves the City of Bridgeport closer to becoming a national leader in renewable energy by establishing a state pilot program for the development and construction of a combined heat and power facility that will provide waste heat for a thermal heating loop in downtown Bridgeport.

Expanding 2Gen
Serving as the New England “poster child” for the two generational approaches, Connecticut was in the spotlight once again for its Two-Generation program, a model designed to support systemic change that will foster family and economic and self sufficiency for low income households. I led Connecticut’s Two-Generation (2GEN) team while meeting with state legislators, federal government agencies, parents, philanthropic organizations, staff and businesses from seven New England states, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Thank you

As always, I am humbled and honored to work for you and represent you in Hartford. I wish good health and happiness for you and your family in this holiday season and in the coming year.