Saturday, June 10, 2017

Higher Education Bill Ready

Senator Linares
Senator Linares’ Higher Education Bill Ready for Governor’s Signature

A bill authored by State Senator Art Linares (R-33) today received final approval from the state House of Representatives and heads to the Governor’s office to be signed into law. Senate Bill 948, An Act Concerning Digital Discounts To Reduce The Cost Of Textbooks And Other Educational Resources, creates opportunities for businesses to form workforce development

“This bill helps create incentives for college graduates to stay in Connecticut,” Sen. Linares said. “This makes it easier for businesses to enter into agreements with universities and state colleges and to create partnerships for workforce development opportunities. Students learn the skills that participating employers need, which moves us toward the ultimate goal of having to successfully transition to jobs in Connecticut.”

Sen. Linares said both GE and Aetna talked about the need to attract younger workers as a reason to move to another state. That is why Connecticut must take steps to keep more of its college graduates in the state.

“We need to create these opportunities for graduates and for businesses,” he said. “This is not the only answer to the issue of creating a competitive business environment in Connecticut. We still have issues with taxes and mandates, but finding a way to provide that young, talented workforce is necessary to attracting and retaining business. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Sen. Linares said the legislation also makes it easier for students to purchase less expensive, electronic textbooks, and reduces red tape when state colleges and universities enter into contracts with private businesses. This will speed up the process and reduce administrative costs, which should help control tuition costs.

“I believe this bill could serve as a pilot program for helping schools build better partnerships with the private sector,” he said.

Sen. Linares serves the communities of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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