Bowling for Democrats Friday, February 28th: Bowl-A-Rama Event To Kick Off New DTC Term
The New Britain Democratic Town Committee’s “Friends don’t let friends bowl with Republicans” kick off for the 2014-16 term will be held on Friday, February 28th, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Callahan’s Bowl-A-Rama in Newington. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is among guests and party leaders who will attend.
The bowling party includes a buffet (baked chicken, ziti, sausage & peppers, garden salad, meat platter, rolls and soda with a cash bar). Bowlers get two games and shoe rentals. There’ll be recognition and prizes for top scorers and supporters.
Cost: Buffet $15 + Bowling $15 = $30 for both
When: Friday, February 28, 2014 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Callahan’s Bowl-A-Rama, 2143 Berlin Turnpike (south) in Newington
Please confirm reservations to: firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-505-8901 (leave a message)
DTC Organizes For a New Term Thursday, March 6th
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will begin a new two-year term on Thursday, March 6th, at an organizational meeting at New Britain City Hall.
On the agenda will be the election of officers including Chairman, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary.
Committees including communication, finance and rules will also be organized. The 47-member Town Committee will also form issue advocacy groups around education, jobs and the economy and the municipal budget.
The DTC will soon be selecting delegates to the state and congressional conventions to be held in May. Interested persons may attend the meeting or contact the DTC.
The meeting time is 7:30 p.m. March 6th at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street, Room 504.
Playing Catch Up: Legislature Takes Up Gradual Minimum Wage Hike
Last week the Labor and Public Employees Committee co-chaired by State Representative Peter Tercyak of New Britain’s 26th district heard testimony on new legislation in support of raising Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.
“There is a broad consensus that people who work full-time should be compensated with a living wage,” said State Senator and Majority Leader Martin Looney of New Haven. “People working full- time jobs should receive a wage that allows them to care for their families. A low minimum wage forces the government to subsidize the cost of employment while privatizing profits. As a result, the costs are shifted to government in the form of aid to low wage workers.”
Last spring, the General Assembly passed a law, co-sponsored by Senator Looney and unanimously backed by New Britain’s legislative delegation that increased the state minimum wage in two stages: from $8.25 to $8.70 on January 1, 2014, followed by a second increase to $9.00 that is currently scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Senate Bill 32, An Act Concerning Working Families’ Wages (SB 32) calls for a slight modification of next year’s increase, bringing the total to $9.15 on January 1, 2015. The proposal would then add a 45-cent increase to $9.60 beginning January 1, 2016, followed by a 50-cent increase to $10.10 effective January 1, 2017.
Out of Connecticut’s workforce of 1.7 million people, it is estimated that there are currently 70,000 to 90,000 workers who earn the minimum wage. Should SB 32 pass the General Assembly and become law, a minimum wage employee working 40-hours per week would earn $21,008 per year. Currently, the federal poverty guideline for a family of four is $23,850.
In related legislation a bill that would promote higher wages at large corporate franchises such as McDonald’s and Walmart has been proposed for the 2014 legislative session.
“Put the money in the economy, let them spend it in our neighborhoods…there is so much more good that will come if these large companies decide that instead of paying the penalty, they’ll pay closer to decent wages,” said Rep. Tercyak in support of a bill that seeks to raise wages for low-wage workers at large corporations like Walmart or McDonalds.
Representative Tercyak was joined at a press conference he hosted at the Capitol on February 18th by representatives from Service Employees International Union, CT Citizen Action Group and The National Employment Law Project, as well as three low wage retail/restaurant workers who spoke about their hardships.
The House bill seeks to raise wages for low-wage workers at large corporations like Walmart or McDonalds. HB 5069 would impose a fee on companies with more than 500 employees that are paying their workers poverty level wages. The fee would either encourage companies to increase what they pay their employees, or help offset the money Connecticut pays to aid programs that are often utilized by these low wage employees.
McDonald’s, Walmart, and Dunkin Donuts are the top three companies that have the highest number of employees on state programs like Husky, according to Tom Swan of CCAG. Each Walmart super center costs taxpayers $1 million in social programs, said Jack Temple of the National Employment Law Project.
Rep. Tercyak pointed out the potential economic benefit the state could reap if low wages were increased. The state could save money by spending less on public assistance programs, and workers would have more disposable income to pump into the local economy. The fee would be $1 per worker, per hour; employers could avoid this fee by paying a minimum of $11.31/ hr.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
from the prayer “Patient Trust” By Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
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