Hard-working families in Connecticut got a boost today with Gov. Lamont signing legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage. I believe anyone working a full-time job should earn enough to support themselves and their family. This legislation is a step in the right direction.
Honored to have hosted the 28th Polish Day at the State Capitol today with an impressive community representation - Commemorating the 228th Anniversary of the Polish Constitution! Congratulations to all the honorees, the coordinators, the beautiful exhibit in the concourse, the music and everyone who played a key role during the planning process of this great event. I thank my colleagues, state leaders, dignitaries and everyone present celebrating with us!
The House of Representatives held a Memorial for the late Representative Ezequiel Santiago. We offered his family words of comfort and remembered him in a very special way. Although there was sadness, there were also happy memories on the impact he made in his community and the impression he left with his Legislative family.
Now that my legislative colleagues and I have Governor Lamont’s budget proposal in hand, officials from state departments and agencies have begun giving their budget presentations in public hearings before the Appropriations Committee of which I am a member.
Last week, the state took its first step in potentially introducing a Paid Family Medical Leave program. House Bill 5003, An Act Implementing a Paid Family Medical Leave Program, came before the Labor and Public Employee Committee for a Public Hearing.
Leaders of the House and Senate outlined a blueprint for the 2019 session, including Job Training & Workforce Pipeline, Paid Family and Medical Leave, More Affordable Prescription Drugs, A Green New Deal for Connecticut, Support for Small Businesses and Early Voting.