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Capitol News from State Senator Don Williams

March 2012

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3300
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

E-mail me here

On the Web

Capitol: 860-240-8634
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Focusing on Growing Jobs
and Small Business

Growing JobsJob growth will remain my top priority this legislative session. Recently, Senate Democrats released our plans to build on the momentum created by the jobs bill passed during October’s special session of the legislature.

Our jobs plan includes:

  1. Expanding the definition of a small business from 50 employees to 100 employees, making them eligible for the Business Express Program and other jobs programs created during the October special session.
  2. Expand the Step Up program to give businesses incentive grants to hire post 9/11 combat veterans returning from overseas.
  3. Launch Connecticut Made marketing campaign to spur local businesses both for production and retail. The program will be administered by DECD.
  4. Institute Connecticut Treasures program. DECD would lead an effort to promote Connecticut’s many rich educational and enjoyable tourist destinations.
  5. Preventing discrimination against the unemployed. Prohibit employers from discriminating in advertising against job applicants because they are unemployed.

Learn more about our 2012 Jobs Plan.

Protecting Connecticut Consumers

Senator Williams at price gouging news conferencePrice Gouging
Extreme weather last winter created a great need for various weather related services. This session my colleagues and I are proposing that during a severe weather event, no person in the chain of distributing consumer goods or services can sell or offer to sell any goods or services for an unconscionably excessive price. Snow removal, flood abatement services and lodging would be covered under the proposal.

Banning Personal Tracking Devices
Unlike the devices used by motorists, these small devices can be secretly attached by an individual to another person’s car without the driver’s knowledge or consent allowing that vehicle’s movements to be tracked by the perpetrator on their computer.

Stopping the Unnecessary Collection of Social Security Numbers
I am also proposing a law that will stop the collection of Social Security numbers by private businesses unless required by law.

Requiring Explicit Notification of the Expiration of Introductory Rates and Automatic Subscription Renewals
This bill will require businesses to provide notifications of automatic renewal to consumers.

Learn more about my efforts to protect Connecticut consumers.

QVCC Chosen as a
Manufacturing Technology Center for Eastern Connecticut

Senator Williams video at QVCCLast month, I joined with legislators, business leaders and faculty to celebrate the State Board of Regents’ selection of Quinebaug Valley Community College as a Manufacturing Technology Center—one of only three schools selected statewide—and discuss the school’s plans to train the workforce of the future.

This represents a major victory for manufacturing and jobs in northeast Connecticut. We often hear from businesses that they want to hire more people but lack well-trained candidates. The mission of the Center will be to offer a variety of credit and non-credit certificate programs for incumbent workers, displaced workers, returning veterans, technical high school students and traditional college students. It will include a career-focused curriculum specifically designed for entry-level employment and employment advancement in the evolving manufacturing sector of eastern Connecticut. As part of the plan, the Center will offer programs designed to provide high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to explore career paths in manufacturing. Additionally, the Center will coordinate personalized career placement and mentoring programs.


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