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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

A Call for Earned Family Medical Leave, Pay Equity and Increasing the Minimum Wage

This week, I joined with students, mothers, workers and advocates on International Women’s Day to push for Connecticut to adopt an Earned Family Medical Leave law, a Pay Equity law and an increase of the minimum wage. Earlier this year, Democrats in the State Senate and State House of Representatives released their Democratic Values Agenda, aimed at creating economic opportunities for everyone; expanding access to education; protecting women’s health care; keeping Connecticut residents healthy; supporting Connecticut’s hospitals; and preserving our democracy. A major pillar of the agenda is economic security for women and families.

VIDEO: Earned Family leave

At our very core, Democrats believe in equal pay for equal work; that no one working full-time should be forced to live in poverty; and that if you, your child or another member of your family gets sick, you should be able to take time off to care for them without an added financial burden. These proposals reflect Connecticut Democrats’ belief that in order to improve the economy we need an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top.

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