Join us on June 21 from 1 PM to 2 PM for our upcoming webinar: A Better Approach for the State Budget.
Connecticut’s budget is the clearest statement of its policy priorities. As such, it should prioritize revenue and expense options that advance long-term inclusive economic prosperity, improve equity, and prepare our children for success.
The current budget proposals adopt an austerity mindset.
They contain little new revenue and, to the extent they do bring in additional revenue, do so by raising taxes on low- to middle-income families by cutting or eliminating the earned income tax credit and property tax credit. At the same time, they provide some 600 of the state’s wealthiest families with an average tax break of $100,000. That’s not shared sacrifice. It is not a recipe for long-term growth and shared prosperity.
In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the state budget, solutions to avoid yet another a cuts-only approach, and ways to take action.
The webinar will be streamed live on YouTube. RSVP here so you can submit questions and receive all the slides and materials.
Not terribly informative, but I had not seen in writing that there is no state law about maximum temps allowable in school. some good commonsense advice in there
What a nice way to finish out the WHEA calendar! Temperatures tonight at Dunkin Donuts park at game time are expected to be in the 70’s and seats are still available either online or at the park for those of you who may be considering joining us.
We have broken the 100+ mark for the first time in a while. More than 100 teachers, friends and families will be sitting in sections 113 and 114 tonight. According to the website, there are still seats in or near theses sections available.
Traffic may be a bit heavier than normal due to the Tom Petty concert at the XL Center, so be aware.
If you have already paid for your tickets through WHEA, those should be picked up at Will Call.
A huge thanks to Eric Feeney and Laurie Noyes for coordinating this event.
Please plan now to attend next Thursday’s
Teachers’ Rally, (May 18th
), on the north lawn of the State Capitol in Hartford, beginning at 5:00 PM
. There will not be any buses supplied by the WHEA, but there is ample parking in the area. Included here is a link to information provided by the CEA, as well as a map of Hartford for your convenience.
There are many buses available to you departing from locations around the state. When you go to register you will find these locations listed.
The rally is the same night as our recognition dinner so Continue reading
Thanks to Sen. Beth Bye, Rep. Derek Slap, and the many members of Save Our Water CT who stood up for their public trust waters, HB 6008: AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCATE FOR THE MDC
has now unanimously passed the CT General Assembly.
The advocate will be appointed by the Office of Consumer Counsel, be independent of the MDC board, and be financed by the MDC. It’s a good first step in helping residents of MDC-served towns advocate for protection of their water and for wise decisions about its sale and use.
Hopefully, decisions such as the one to offer Niagara Bottling of CA water and clean water project charge rates lower than residential rates, will come to public attention BEFORE they become policy. Even though these discounts have been rescinded, watchful eyes will be needed to insure they don’t reappear.
Save Our Water CT is also hard at work behind the scenes at the legislature. Its a frustrating session, complete with budget deadlocks and the political reality of a tied senate. BUT negotiations are ongoing with our legislative champions, the MDC, water utilities, and our environmental allies to createoversight of the large water-bottling industry in CT:
- require a renewable permit system for large water-bottlers so we know we have enough water for present and future needs
- prohibit discounts on water or clean water project charge for large water bottlers; residents should not pay more for their Class A water
- protect our watersheds during drought; when residents conserve, ask large water bottlers to cut back too
We know many of you are engaged in the national struggle to maintain our environmental standards. We’ll let you know when your voices are urgently needed here to help move our legislative agenda forward. For those of you who can lobby with us these next few crucial weeks, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. With the loss of federal water protections, it’s ever more important we stand up locally to preserve our most important natural resource.