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Friends and Neighbors, 

I participated in a number of informational events this week including the Optometrist Breakfast where I learned about the need for insurance reform in relation to eye care. I visited with the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council, a group made up of key stakeholders, to discuss the unique housing needs of those living on the spectrum. In particular we discussed creating more housing options for young adults looking to live in community settings. And, I visited the the Hebrew Senior Care Center where I spoke with participants in the day program and ate delicious cookies made special for Purim. I enjoyed the chance to learn more about the center and the needs of seniors in our state. 


As a member of the Appropriations Committee I continue to look for ways to find efficiencies in the state budget. I recently learned that the state spends more than $700,000 each year to pay for suburban parents to drive their kid to a magnet pre-k program. If they hadn’t “won” the magnet school lottery, the majority of these parents would drive their child to a private pre-k. I’m looking forward to continuing this conversation to see if there are ways that we can save the state these dollars. 


The House Democratic caucus held a mandatory training on cultural competency taught by Chief Justice Robinson and Justice Kahn. This training sought to offer us as legislators the tools we need to better understand all individuals and think with a more inclusive mindset - an incredibly valuable skill for us all. 

Along State Senator Slap, I met with the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce as Chambers of Commerce across the state met up for COC day at the Capitol. The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce is 550 members strong. Here I am with West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Board Member Chuck Coursey, Chairman Bob Kowalowski, and Executive Director Chris Conway.
 
I testified before the Finance Committee asking for an amendment to SB 887, An Act Concerning Revenue Items to Implement the Governor's Budget,  to include a 50 percent tax on the cost of firearms ammunition. The approximate $10.9 million in net revenue from this proposed ammunition tax can be used to offset the substantial cost of gun violence.
 

If you have questions, or ever need any help please don't hesitate to reach out by phone, (860) 240-8373 or email, Jillian.Gilchrest@cga.ct.gov. To stay up to date with everything I'm doing at the Capitol, visit any of my pages linked at the bottom of this email. 

Sincerely,

Jillian Gilchrest
State Representative

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