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STATE SENATOR

Cathy Osten

Getting Results

A Bipartisan Budget

With our state facing tough fiscal challenges, Democrats and Republicans put aside our differences, came together and compromised to pass a bipartisan budget that moves Connecticut forward. This budget reflects some difficult choices but I believe this agreement is fair, draws upon the best ideas and compromises from both political parties, and represents the priorities of Connecticut residents.

Protects Taxpayers & Businesses

  • Does NOT raise income tax rates
  • Does NOT raise sales tax rates
  • Does NOT raise business or corporate tax rates

Jobs Program For Eastern Connecticut

  • Expands existing job-training programs in eastern Connecticut
  • Will prepare workers for new careers in defense manufacturing and re-train gaming industry workers
  • This program will create another 1,000 to 1,500 new jobs over the next two years

Crumbling Foundation Relief

  • Provides grants and low-interest loans for homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations
  • Puts fair procedures and processes in place to repair and restore crumbling foundations with strong oversight protections

Budget Cuts & Long-Term Changes

  • Cuts over $1 billion from the state budget
  • Makes important structural changes resulting in significant long-term savings
  • Caps state spending and borrowing
  • Pays down the state‚Äôs old debts and pensions
  • Institutes a state hiring freeze

Prioritizes Students & Education

  • Protects UConn, community colleges, and other state universities from devastating cuts
  • Maintains a strong level of local education funding reversing devastating cuts
  • Protects college scholarships for low-and middle-income students