We had some really positive financial news come out from the State Comptroller Natalie Braswell that we will make a one-time, special payment of $2.8 billion to be made toward the state’s unfunded pension liabilities. This followed an announcement by the state Office of Policy and Management that we have successfully reached the statutory cap on funding of our Budget Reserve Fund.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connecticut, in 2020 alone, 419 lives in our state were lost to suicide. Nationwide, death by suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34, and the 3rd leading cause of death for people ages 15-24. This is a crisis - but we all play an important role in putting an end to it.
Can you believe that it's Labor Day weekend already? I would like to take a moment to honor the history of the labor movement and working people who have and continue to build this country and state, and have pushed for laws like occupational safety protections, 40-hour work weeks, and minimum wages.
In March 2020, nurses, supermarket employees, home health aides, and many others kept going to work, putting themselves in danger of contracting COVID, to keep our community safe. Now, we are giving back. If you were a private-sector essential worker during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for 'Hero Pay' through a state funded program. The Premium Pay Program, which officially launched this week, will provide up to $1,000 to workers who couldn't work from home.