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STATE SENATOR

Cathy Osten

Getting Results

Eastern Connecticut is Growing Jobs

According to a recent story in The New London Day newspaper, the Norwich-New London Labor Market Area (LMA) is the fastest-growing labor market in Connecticut, having added 1,200 jobs since February 2016.

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The Day also reports that, according to a new report from the Eastern Workforce Investment Board titled "EWIB Economic Scorecard: New Perspectives on the Eastern Connecticut Economy," over the last two years, the 41-town region served by EWIB added more than 5,700 jobs, a nearly 3 percent increase, while at the same time, the number of unemployed workers declined by nearly 3,500, or 22 percent.

That's all great news for a region of Connecticut that had seen its share of job losses and slow growth. I want you to know that I am committed to growing jobs in eastern Connecticut and am working nearly every day on a variety of fronts to secure more good-paying jobs for our residents.

Fishing Season is Open!

Attention fishermen: hundreds of thousands of trout are now ready for the taking!

Last Saturday marked the opening day of trout fishing season, and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have already released more than 360,000 trout into nearly 100 lakes and ponds and more than 120 rivers and streams across Connecticut, including: the Moosup River, Yantic River, Willimantic River, Hammonasset River, Quonnipaug Lake, Salmon River, Willimantic River, Amos Lake, Crystal Lake, Rogers Lake, Taftville Reservoir, and Giffords Brook.

DEEP's trout-stocking effort began in late February, and it will continue through mid-May. In the end, DEEP expects to put more than half a million trout into Connecticut's waterways for the benefit of sportsmen.

Protecting Your Internet Privacy

Last week, President Trump signed into law legislation that rolled back Federal Communication Commission privacy regulations that gave users more control over what internet service providers can do with their personal data.

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As a result, millions of Connecticut consumers and residents are in danger of having their personal information about their web browsing history collected and sold to the highest bidder. This could contain information about your children, health, finances and location.

This is a gross and outrageous invasion of people's privacy, which is why I have joined a proposal to protect online privacy for Connecticut residents. I'm supporting an amendment barring any telecommunications company, certified telecommunications provider, certified competitive video service provider or internet service provider from sharing this information unless given permission by a consumer.