Lawmakers Discuss Priorities with Governor Lamont

February 15, 2019

I joined with colleagues who share my views on issues that I talked about during last fall’s elections.  We met with Governor Lamont to talk about the mandate you gave me this past November: a $15 an hour minimum wage, universal paid family medical leave, the equitable legalization of marijuana, and an economy and society that works for every Connecticut resident.

I am excited to work on proposals this session to move Connecticut forward and respond to the moral and economic challenges of our time, and I’m open about my advocacy.   We shared our “Love Note to CT” Thursday afternoon at the Capitol to make known our priorities for this session. 

Here are our top priorities:

  • A minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.
  • A universal, publicly administrated paid family medical leave program that allows for 12 weeks of coverage per year, provides full wage replacement up to $1,000 a week, and uses an inclusive definition of family.
  • New housing affordability legislation that makes multifamily zoning as of right near transit stops, establishes and enforces regional housing production goals, and expands renters’ assistance and housing voucher programs.
  • Create a public health insurance option and advocate for single-payer, universal healthcare.
  • Pass stricter safe firearm storage laws and implement a ghost gun ban for guns without serial numbers.
  • Significantly reduce the cost of higher education at both community and public four-year colleges.
  • Ensure that Education Cost Sharing funding adjusts to changing school populations, like Danbury’s.
  • Pass a voter-friendly constitutional amendment allowing for early voting and no-excuse absentee voting.
  • Create a more progressive, equitable income and property tax policy that is fair and just.