Matthew Lesser
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4032
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267
Matthew.Lesser@cga.ct.gov
In the District:
2 Mazzotta Place
Middletown, CT 06457
Current News & Issues

July 22, 2015
CONNECTICUT WILL ALLOW FREE FREEZE ON KIDS’ CREDIT REPORTS
Rep. Lesser was glad to be on-hand when Governor Malloy ceremoniously signed HB 6403, An Act Concerning Security Freezes on Children’s Credit Reports, into law. HB 6403 helps parents and guardians protect their children from credit and identity theft by allowing them to place a security freeze on their children’s credit reports. READ MORE

July 20, 2015
MIDDLETOWN WINS BIG IN STATE BUDGET
Rep. Lesser is thrilled that Middletown will receive the greatest increase in state aid in 2016. The city will receive an additional $3.9 million in FY 16, and a total of $7.6 million in the next biennium. READ MORE

July 17, 2015
REP. LESSER AND CT CITIZEN ACTION GROUP CALL STRONG ACTION FROM CFPB AGAINST PAYDAY LENDING ABUSES
In a birthday message from Rep. Lesser and the CT Citizen Action Group asked that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) take stronger action to protect consumers from exploitative payday lenders. READ MORE

July 15, 2015
REP. LESSER INVITED TO SPEAK AT 2015 MAKE PROGRESS NATIONAL SUMMIT
IN WASHINGTON D.C.

State Representative Matthew Lesser (D – Middletown) was invited by the Center for American Progress to serve as a panelist at its 2015 Make Progress National Summit in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 16. READ MORE

July 14, 2015
CONNECTICUT BECOMES FIRST STATE TO IMPLEMENT A STUDENT LOAN BILL OF RIGHTS
On July 2nd, 2015 Governor Malloy signed a bill establishing a Student Loan Bill of Rights into law. Connecticut is now the first state in the nation to implement a Student Loan bill of Rights which creates the Office of Student Loan Ombudsman to regulate loan services and assist students in navigating the complicated student loan process. READ MORE

July 1, 2015
CONNECTICUT LOOKS TO IMPLEMENT PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE
Rep. Lesser is pleased that Connecticut will likely be the fourth state to have paid family and medical leave for its workers. The legislation requires that the state Labor Commissioner submit and establish the procedures to implement a Paid Family and Medical Leave program. This measure, adopted as part of the legislature’s budget adjustments, “makes our families stronger and reflects our strong commitment to family values,” said Rep. Lesser. READ MORE

June 17, 2015
REP. LESSER APPLAUDS HISTORIC STUDENT LOAN RATE CUT
Rep. Lesser held a press conference alongside legislators and advocates in celebration of a historic step toward increasing college affordability. The Connecticut Higher Education Student Loan Authority (CHESLA) has annouced that it will offer a fixed interest rate of 4.95% for new student loans, down from its current rate of 6.75%. Not only is this the lowest rate that CHESLA has ever offered, but it is significantly lower than the upcoming Federal PLUS loan rate of 6.84%. READ MORE

June 1, 2015
REP. LESSER APPLAUDS OVERWHELMING HOUSE PASSAGE OF FINANCIAL LITERACY BILL
Rep. Lesser is happy to report that the state House of Representatives voted in support of legislation to increase financial literacy among high school students in Connecticut with a vote of 144-2. The bill requires the State Board of Education to develop a financial literacy curriculum for high school educators. The state of Connecticut received an “F” in the “2013 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools” by the Center for Financial Literacy in Vermont. READ MORE

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