Economy

Supporting Connecticut’s Economy and Working Families

We must support business owners who contribute to our communities and provide stable jobs for the people in Connecticut.

Connecticut workers should make livable wages and have access to affordable health care, child care and other essential services.

Championing Connecticut Workers

Ensuring workers are safe in their workplaces, make a living wage, and can collectively bargain to improve their conditions has been a priority for me. I have supported the following proposals supporting Connecticut’s workers:

  • Ensuring a Living Wage: I supported the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights: I supported the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. The bill included my amendment protecting new, voluntarily recognized unions when it passed on the floor of the House.
  • Solving the Multi-Employer Pension Crisis: I am a cosponsor of the Butch Lewis Act, which would ensure plans remain solvent without cutting benefits for workers.
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work: I proudly supported the Paycheck Fairness Act on the Education and Labor Committee and on the floor of the House. This legislation would prohibit gender-based discrimination in employment.

Supporting Small Business Owners

Small business owners are the backbone of Connecticut’s Fifth District. I supported the following proposals to underpin their success:

  • Funding for Grants to Small Businesses: I have supported funding for minority business development and entrepreneurial development programs in the 2020 and 2021 budget process.
  • Ensuring Students Can Fill the Jobs of Tomorrow: I have supported funding for career and technical education programs and Registered Apprenticeship programs, which connect a skilled workforce with local businesses.
  • Small Business Administration Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program to bolster business during COVID-19: I supported robust funding for grants and loans to small businesses to keep them afloat and keep their workers on the payroll. I also supported amended legislation so that small businesses could have better access to paycheck protection loans.

Lowering Connecticut’s Unequal Tax Burden

I supported the repeal of the $10,000 State and Local (SALT) Tax dedication cap, implemented in the GOP’s 2018 Tax Plan and was intended to directly harm heavily populated states like Connecticut. Connecticut officials estimated the SALT cap would increase Connecticut’s taxpayers’ liability by $2.8 billion in 2018 and cost Connecticut residents $10.3 billion in SALT deductions in 2019. Eliminating the cap will provide much-needed relief to Connecticut taxpayers. I supported the repeal of this cap by voting for the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which passed the House late last year.