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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

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Sen. Cassano Gives Support Of Democratic Legislative Priorities

HARTFORD, CT—Today, State Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester, gave his support as Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly announced joint priorities for the 2019 legislative session. The legislative package focuses on establishing a paid family and medical leave program, raising the minimum wage, investing in job training and the state’s workforce pipeline, supporting small businesses, making prescription drugs more affordable and increasing access to the ballot box.

The legislative package includes the following proposals introduced by Sen. Cassano:

>Paid Family and Medical Leave
Senate Bill 1: An Act Concerning Paid Family And Medical Leave

Paid family and medical leave is necessary and beneficial to our modern workforce. Connecticut families should be able to care for loved ones or themselves in their time of need. No one should have to face the prospect of economic ruin when presented with serious family needs such as caring for a newborn, a spouse, or their parents.

“Paid family and medical leave is an important piece of the larger puzzle of improving the lives of Connecticut residents,” said Sen. Cassano. “By putting this extra protection into place, we can ensure taxpayers will have the opportunity to spend time helping themselves, or a family member, recover from illness without the additional financial stress.”

Increasing the Minimum Wage
Senate Bill 2: An Act Increasing The Minimum Fair Wage

Raising the minimum wage is long overdue in the State of Connecticut. Numerous large corporations and other states have already taken steps to increase their minimum wage so workers can earn a fair, adequate and ‘livable’ wage. We must do all we reasonably can to help workers support themselves and their families.

“Though Connecticut’s minimum wage is one of the highest in the country, even $10.10 per hour isn’t enough to live on in today’s day and age,” said Sen. Cassano. “Hard-working Connecticut residents shouldn’t have to work two or three jobs just to pay their bills. This bill sets a standard floor that will provide additional financial stability to numerous workers and bolster the state economy.”

More Affordable Prescription Drugs
Senate Bill 4: An Act Concerning The Affordability And Accessibility Of Prescription Drugs

Democrats stand united in the belief that health care is a right not a privilege. Left unchecked, the pharmaceutical industry raises costs on consumers and limits access to prescription drugs. When a person is sick they should be able to get the prescription drugs they need, and this legislation will reduce prescription drug costs.

“Why should people have to choose between groceries and the medicine they need? Why can’t we give this state’s residents a break from ever-rising prescription drug costs? This is a simple, effective way to help keep money in our taxpayers’ pockets,” said Sen. Cassano.

Job Training & Workforce Pipeline
Senate Bill 5: An Act Concerning A Workforce Pipeline And Job Creation

Building upon the success of the workforce pipeline initiatives from last year, Democrats will expand these workforce development programs. It is critical we have an efficient, effective workforce pipeline to meet the growing needs of Connecticut employers.

“There are countless opportunities in manufacturing that far too few people know about,” said Sen. Cassano. “This pipeline will effectively connect students today with opportunities tomorrow, bolstering our industries, filling Connecticut jobs with Connecticut workers and strengthening not only our businesses but our fiscal future.”

Early Voting
SJ 14: Resolution Proposing A State Constitutional Amendment To Permit Early Voting

Connecticut residents believe the more people who are able to vote, the stronger our democracy. Creating early voting in Connecticut will ensure that everyone has the ability to vote and will modernize our voting system.

“Adding more opportunities for Connecticut residents to vote will increase voting turnout, which will benefit the state by allowing as many voices to be heard as possible,” said Sen. Cassano. “There is no downside to expanding access to the ballot and helping hardworking residents everywhere cast their ballots on their own terms.”






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