Legislature Helps Fed Workers in Shutdown

January 23, 2019

For more than a month, at least 1,500 federal employees in Connecticut either have been furloughed or forced to work without pay because of a politically motivated shutdown of government in our nation's capital.

With no end in sight, the workers who live in New Haven and other communities across the state are struggling to pay their bills and keep food on the table while they wait for their paychecks to resume.

To help our friends and neighbors, I am gratified that the legislature has passed legislation, which has already been signed into law, making available unemployment assistance, interest-free loans of up to $5,000 and other resources for them.

The measure, House Bill 5765, also:

  • Creates a no-interest state-backed loan program during the shutdown
  • Adjusts statutes for collecting unemployment compensation benefits
  • Allows towns to extend their property tax/fee deadlines

The list of banks that are participating in the state’s newly created loan program for federal employees who have been impacted by the shutdown. More banks may be added.

  • Collinsville Savings Society
  • Fairfield County Bank
  • Guilford Savings Bank
  • Ion Bank
  • Liberty Bank
  • Litchfield Bancorp
  • Newtown Savings Bank
  • Northwest Community Bank
  • People’s United Bank
  • Savings Institute Bank & Trust
  • Thomaston Savings Bank
  • Torrington Savings Bank
  • Webster Bank
  • Windsor Federal Savings