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CT Gov objects to bill that could subsidize striking workers with taxpayer funds

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he does not support a vague bill passed late in the legislative session that would create a $3 million fund that could provide financial benefits to striking union members. He indicated that he would likely exercise his veto.

“Everything I know about this bill, I’m not going to support it,” he said at a press conference after the session, calling lawmakers’ tactics to pass the bill “half-baked and cute.” It’s too much.”

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Senate Democrats largely avoided describing the bill as supporting striking workers. Rather, Sen. Julie Kusher reiterated during a late-night debate that the bill would help “low-wage workers” and that State Auditor Sean Scanlon would work out the details.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont waves after delivering the State of the Union address on February 7, 2024 in Hartford, Connecticut. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Minutes after the vote, a federation of unions praised the bill as a step toward creating a support fund for striking workers. Ed Hawthorne, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, said such a fund would “level the playing field for working people” and allow them to strike without facing foreclosure, eviction or foreclosure. Ta.

Lamont said he supports unions but isn’t keen on using taxpayer money to subsidize strikers.

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New York and New Jersey allow striking workers to apply for unemployment benefits, but the proposal was defeated in the current legislative session in Connecticut.

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