CT Working Families Organization Releases 2019 Legislative Agenda with Policy Initiatives for First 100 Days
Calls for urgent passage of Paid Family & Medical Leave, $15 minimum wage, sentencing reform, and expanded TRUST Act in first 100 days of session.
Tackles Connecticut’s inequality crisis as core issue holding back our state’s potential.
Hartford, CT — Marking the start of the legislative session, the Connecticut Working Families Organization released its 2019 legislative agenda, a series of common sense policy recommendations that can spur economic growth, build prosperity for all workers, chip away at Connecticut’s extreme wealth inequality, and make our state more competitive with all of our neighboring states.
In the first 100 days of session, the CT Working Families Organization is calling on the legislature to pass Paid Family & Medical Leave, a $15 minimum wage, misdemeanor sentencing reform, and an expanded TRUST Act as meaningful, concrete steps to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of working families.
Carlos Moreno, state director, CT Working Families Organization:
“Connecticut faces an inequality crisis that forces families into cycles of poverty, prevents community investment, and holds back our economy as a whole. As the rich grow richer, our middle class is rapidly joining the ranks of the working poor, living paycheck to paycheck and constantly uncertain about the future. 2019 is a big opportunity for our state to re-invest in working people and build a stronger economy from the ground up.
“In the first 100 days of session, we hope to see the legislature take on a bold, progressive people’s agenda to improve our state for generations to come by tackling the inequality at the root of all of our challenges.
“That starts with investing in working families with common sense proposals like Paid Family & Medical Leave and a $15 minimum wage. No worker should be forced to choose between their health, their family, and a paycheck. Nor should they be left to suffer poverty wages, never sure how they’re going to make ends meet week to week. As neighboring states increasingly demonstrate the benefits of these policies, Connecticut cannot afford to be left behind.
“We cannot properly address our state’s inequality crisis without a firm focus on racial equity. Ending the Prison to Deportation Pipeline would be a significant start, lowering the maximum sentence for class A misdemeanors by a single day to prevent unjust deportations. By combining this with an expanded TRUST Act, we can send a clear signal to our undocumented communities that Connecticut is a state where everyone is valued and all can succeed.
“By putting working people first; empowering our most marginalized communities; and holding large, profitable corporations and hedge funds accountable to the public good, we can build the kind of state where people want to live and feel secure raising their families. That’s the inspiring vision that brought so many voters to the polls just two months ago. This year, we have the opportunity to start making it a reality. And in these next 100 days, we have the opportunity to send a strong message of those priorities.”
Read the full legislative agenda below:
Combating Inequality: An Agenda for Economic & Racial Justice
Invest in Working Families – Connecticut’s working families represent the state’s most important opportunity to improve our economy. We need to invest in working families with higher paying jobs with decent benefits and strong job security.
Pass a comprehensive public Paid Family and Medical Leave law that provides universal coverage and job protection, progressive wage replacement, and is administered by the CT Department of Labor.
Pass a $15 minimum wage, and strengthen and defend existing living wage policies
Pass a fair state budget that invests in working and low-income families
Pass Fair Workweek legislation ensuring predictable scheduling standards
Strengthen Racial Equality and Empower Marginalized Communities – Working Families is strongly committed to protecting undocumented immigrant communities in CT.
Expand the 2013 CT TRUST Act to fully protect Connecticut’s undocumented communities and promote a welcoming community for all.
Reduce the maximum sentence for class A misdemeanors by a single day—from 365 days to 364 days—to limit some of the most disproportionate immigration consequences for Connecticut’s immigrants and their families.
Protect Workers’ Rights – The right to form a union is under attack around the country and in CT, and in our current political climate we expect further attacks on workers’ rights. Working Families will work to defend workers’ rights to form a union and defend workers from all attacks on the public sector.
Defend the fundamental right to organize and collectively bargain
Oppose all so called “Right to Work” legislation
Protect workers’ rights in cities, like Hartford, under MARB authority
A Fair Economy that Works for Everyone – Connecticut’s economy is lopsided. We have bigger divides between rich and poor than anywhere else in the country, and the middle class is quickly joining the ranks of the working poor. Working Families will work to hold large, profitable corporations and hedge fund sector accountable to the public’s interest.
Close the carried interest tax loophole and corporate tax loopholes that enable tax avoidance
Raise the income tax rate on those who earn $1M or more
Levy a fee on large, low-wage employers who rely on state assistance to provide employee benefits
Protect Democracy – The influence of big money in our politics is undermining to our democracy.
Defend and preserve the Citizens’ Election Program
Fight back against all efforts to suppress voting
The Connecticut Working Families Organization is a grassroots political organization that fights for economic and racial justice. CT WFO is training the next generation of progressive leaders to office, and fighting for and winning public policies that make a difference in the lives of working people, from winning paid sick days laws and minimum wage increases to retirement security, and diminishing the influence of money in politics. The WFO’s progressive candidates pipeline is recruiting, training, and electing the next generation of progressive leaders.