Geraldo Reyes, D-Waterbury, hugs Freddy Colon, a friend who he grew up with in Waterbury. “Imagine if I had an opportunity to get $12,000 on my 18th birthday to go to school, to go to a trade school, possibly do something towards homeownership,” Reyes said. “12 grand would be a lifesaver for a lot of people down here.” Yehyun Kim / ctmirror.org