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 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

May 26, 2015
REP. LESSER: PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PASSES APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Rep. Lesser helped usher House Bill 6932 through the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. HB 6932 would establish a Family Medical Leave Compensation plan for employees utilizing the Family Medical Leave Act. The United States is currently the only advanced country in the U.S. to not guarantee paid maternity leave or paid sick leave. READ MORE

May 11, 2015
REP. LESSER APPLAUDS STATE FUNDS FOR RIVERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT
Rep. Lesser, Mayor Daniel Drew, and the rest of the Middletown legislative delegation are pleased that the State Bond Commission approved $2.6 million in funds for riverfront redevelopment efforts. The state grant will help finance predevelopment activities including environmental assessments, as well as project design and environmental remediation associated with the development of a boathouse and event facility.
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May 7, 2015
REP. LESSER HAILS PASSAGE OF STRONG PRO-CONSUMER BANKING BILL, TARGETS PAYDAY LENDERS
Rep. Lesser is pleased that the Connecticut House of Representatives has unanimously passed what will be the strongest payday lending provision in the country. The bill also contains a number of provisions designed to protect the elderly, the disabled and survivors of domestic violence from financial exploitation and consumers from identity thieves as well as regulate virtual currency such as Bitcoin. READ MORE

April 28, 2015
SPEAKER SHARKEY NAMES REP. LESSER TO CT HALL OF FAME WORKING GROUP
Rep. Lesser was named to the Connecticut Hall of Fame Working Group by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey. Each year, the Connecticut Hall of Fame Working Group reviews many nominees for induction and refers their selections to the Legislative Leaders for approval. Anyone can submit a nomination. Read more to find out how. READ MORE

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