State Representative Caroline Simmons announced this morning she will be seeking a second term representing the 144th Assembly District.
“When I ran for State Representative in 2014, I pledged to focus on three priorities: fighting for small business growth and job creation, improving our schools, and enhancing the safety and quality of life in Stamford. Throughout my first year in office, I’m proud to have made significant progress on each priority and will continue to work tirelessly for the people of Stamford,” said Simmons.
“I am running for re-election because I care deeply about the people in our community, and want to continue to fight for small businesses, schools and safety in Stamford,” Simmons said.
Supporting Businesses and Job Creation
During the 2015 legislative session, Caroline:
Co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to create a CT Competitiveness Council, to focus on making CT more competitive and attractive for businesses
Helped secure $3.4 million in property tax relief, benefitting Stamford businesses and residents
Supported legislation to bolster the growth of cybersecurity and technology companies in CT
Hosted a jobs workshop with Indeed to connect Stamford residents with jobs
Supported an extension of the Small Business Express program, which provides grants to small businesses to help them grow and create jobs. Over 40 small businesses in Stamford have benefitted from this program.
Worked with Republican colleagues on four bi-partisan bills to eliminate or reduce taxes on businesses:
Lower the corporate business tax rate from 7.5% to 6%
Exempt new businesses and start-ups from taxes, permitting fees, and licensing for first two years
Tax credit to companies that hire recent CT grads
Tax credit to companies that provide onsite childcare
“My top priority this year will be to continue to support business growth and job creation in Stamford, and to grow Connecticut’s economy overall,” Simmons said. “I’m committed to working with my colleagues from both parties and leaders from our business community to support business growth in our state,” said Simmons.
This Friday, January 29, Caroline will host a full day of business meetings in Stamford, starting with a small business roundtable at the Parkway Diner, followed by visits to larger companies in Stamford, and will close the day with another business roundtable with start-ups and entrepreneurs at the Ferguson Library. Caroline worked hard last year to build relationships with small and large businesses in Stamford and looks forward to continuing her business tour this year.
In 2015, Caroline and the Stamford delegation successfully fought for significant state investments in Stamford schools:
$61.8 million for a new magnet school at 200 Strawberry Hill Avenue
$1.5 million in additional state education funding for Stamford schools
$4.9 million for J.M. Wright Technical High School
$75,000 for a new pre-school in Stamford
“Over the past year, it has been a privilege visiting all 20 Stamford public schools. We are so fortunate to have such vibrant schools in Stamford, but we must continue to address the challenge of overcrowding and fight for state funding to support equal access to education for all of our students,” Simmons said.
Having worked in counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Caroline understands how important public safety is to our community, state, and country. She was a strong voice for public safety last session.
Caroline introduced and led debate on the floor for a cybersecurity bill that became law, which aims to protect the state, businesses and consumers from cyber threats. She also fought to protect the Stamford Police canine program, a valuable tool in fighting crime, and earned an award from the CT Police Chiefs Association as one of the legislators of the year for successfully getting this bill passed.
Caroline believes that fixing our ancient transportation infrastructure is not only a way to grow our economy and support businesses, but also a public safety priority. That is why she fought for millions in funding to fix Stamford roads, bridges, and rails. Specifically, she and the Stamford delegation secured $12 million in funding to fix the Atlantic Street underpass and additional funding to replace the New Haven Line bridges in Stamford and to install traffic gates and warning lights at the Springdale railroad crossing.
Caroline believes that government works best when we work together.
“Instead of attacking each other, we need to attack the issues facing our state,” Simmons said.
That is why Caroline worked closely with Republicans last session – by introducing or cosponsoring
53 bipartisan bills, all of which included a Republican cosponsor.
Caroline also co-founded the bi-partisan Young Legislator’s Caucus, which is focused on policies supporting young people in CT, and she joined the bi-partisan Women’s Caucus, which successfully fought to create the CT Women’s Veterans Program, and will continue to be a champion for women and families.
Simmons encouraged residents to reach out to her on her personal cell phone at 203-962-4619, her email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or her Facebook page at Facebook.com/CarolineSimmons2016 to discuss any issues, ideas or concerns.