2019 was a legislative successDecember 31, 2019
Here are some of our accomplishments:
Helping Businesses and Creating Jobs –
We repealed the business entity tax effective next year in an effort to help small-business owners. The Angel Investor Tax Credit was expanded to encourage more local investment. And we increased funding for several jobs training programs.
Minimum Wage Increased –
More than 300,000 people in Connecticut saw their minimum hourly wage increase to $11 on October 1st – the first step in a gradual increase to $15 per hour in 2023.
Making College Affordable –
We created a plan to make attending community college a debt-free proposition. Beginning in 2020, the state will pick up all tuition and fees for first-time community college students after scholarships, grants and other aid awards are applied.
Help For Our Seniors –
We continue the phase-in that exempts Social Security and pension income from the state income tax. We also funded vital programs like Meals on Wheels, protected the Medicare Savings Program, and expanded access to Medicaid by raising the income limit.
Health Care –
We passed legislation to protect residents from Washington’s attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The legislation prohibits health insurers from dropping or denying coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions – one of the key components of ACA.
Paid Family and Medical Leave –
The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act offers employees the opportunity to care for themselves or a loved one without having to face the threat of financial ruin. The program – paid for with employee contributions – provides up to 95 percent of an employee’s weekly paycheck for up to 12 weeks.
Click here for more details of the major bills passed in 2019.
I hope you agree that we worked to improve the quality of life in New London and throughout Connecticut. And as we move into 2020, I want to assure you that I will continue reaching out to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. YOUR input is equally important so please feel free to contact me by email at Anthony.Nolan@cga.ct.gov or by phone at 860-240-8512.