CT Working Families Releases 2019 Legislation Agenda with Policy Initiatives for First 100 Days

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.

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.

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

 

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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.