State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Families & Children

Ned Lamont: Proposed 12 weeks paid family leave from 1/2% payroll tax

Lamont has yet to fully define what he will and won't accept in legislating a paid family and medical leave program. The governor has set some parameters--it would be funded by a half-percent payroll tax on employees and provide 12 weeks of coverage. He has expressed a preference for a privately managed program, a stance opposed by public-sector unions.

"What I have said is I don't want to rule anything out," he said. "I like to do progressive things in a conservative way that you can count on."

Source: Connecticut Mirror on 2022 Connecticut governor race Dec 26, 2019

Ned Lamont: Paid time off to new parents and caregivers

Connecticut is poised to become the seventh state in the U.S. to provide paid time off to new parents and caregivers. Democratic governor Ned Lamont plans to sign the bill "ASAP," according to a spokeswoman.

The state house passed the bill Friday, 79-69, with all but eight Democrats voting in favor. The Democratically controlled Senate passed the bill more than a week ago.

If signed, then starting in 2021, workers in Connecticut would get 12 weeks off to care for a new baby, a seriously ill family member or loved one or to deal with their own illness. The benefit will be funded by a payroll tax on workers of 0.5 percent. Benefits will cover 95 percent of low-wage workers' pay up to $900 a week, the most generous level of wage replacement in the country.

"We all agreed on the need to pass this landmark support for working families so they don't have to choose between the job they need and the family they love, or their own health," Lamont said in a statement Friday.

Source: Huffington Post on Connecticut legislative voting records Jun 3, 2019

Jahana Hayes: Supports gay marriage & equal constitutional rights

When asked about gay marriage, Hayes said she supported it while [Republican opponent Manny] Santos did not. "I support gay marriage in the state of Connecticut, and I will do everything I can to ensure they have the same constitutionally-protected rights as any other group," said Hayes.

"I am personally not in favor of gay marriage," said Santos. "But I'm against any legislation that violates a person's right to work or carry out their lives regardless whether they're gay or not."

Source: on 2018 CT-5 House race Oct 17, 2018

Matthew Corey: Investigate Hollywood's systematic sexual abuse

Republican Matt Corey is calling for a congressional hearing on the growing scandal of sexual abuse and assault in Hollywood. "After weeks of explosive headlines, and dozens of victims coming forward to detail serial sexual abuse at the hands of [Hollywood Producer] Harvey Weinstein, today I am calling on the U.S. Senate to immediately begin an investigation into the systematic sexual abuse of young women and the ensuing cover up by all responsible in this billion dollar industry," said Corey.

Corey, who is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, said of both [his Democratic opponent Sen. Chris] Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, "I am extremely disappointed that our two U.S. Senators from Connecticut have been silent on this issue."

Corey sent a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell & Charles Schumer asking for a hearing on the Weinstein allegations--"and the widespread complicity of insiders and leaders in this billion-dollar industry in condoning the abusive and criminal behavior."

Source: Hartford Courant on 2018 Connecticut Senatorial race Oct 23, 2017

Dan Malloy: 21-year-old son arrested in robbery, suffering depression

Speaking to a crowd of about 100 people at a West Hartford synagogue , Gov. Malloy plowed through his usual set of talking points on jobs, the economy and the state budget. Then, near the end of a question-and-answer session, someone in the audience asked about mental health policy and Malloy's brisk, business-like public persona abruptly dissolved.

"By the way," he said, pausing for a long beat, "One of my own sons suffers from mental health challenges. I have some expertise in this area personally." He quickly retreated back to the more comfortable terrain of government policy. Malloy has never been big on Oprah-style expressions of emotion.

In 2009, when Malloy was still mayor of Stamford, his then-21-year-old son Ben was arrested in connection with an attempted robbery. At the time, Malloy and his wife, Cathy, released a statement saying their son suffered from an "emotional illness." The Malloys recounted their middle son's struggle with what they said was a form of depression.

Source: The Hartford Courant on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2014

Dan Malloy: Permanently establish the Office of Early Childhood

Tamara Jackson is a Hartford mom with two kids who are currently receiving early learning experiences. Her son Andrew was born two months premature, and she worried about his development. A little over a year ago Andrew moved into a new early education program. Tamara says his progress has been nothing short of remarkable.

With the help of some great teachers, he's already caught up to his peers. His experience has put him on equal footing, and given him the tools he needs to learn. Let's help more kids like Andrew by moving our state to universal pre-K.

It will be a long and thoughtful process, but if you believe as I do that education is the civil rights issue of our time, then I ask you to join me today in taking the first steps toward making sure every child has access to a pre-K experience.

This would build on our important work begun last year to create the Office of Early Childhood. We need to finish that work by codifying this Office in statute. I am ready to sign that legislation.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature Feb 6, 2014

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