New Britain Democrats Welcome President Obama
DTC Calls Upon Mayor, Council To Adopt Resolution In Support of Legislation At State and Federal Levels
New Britain Democrats will welcome President Barack Obama, Governor Malloy and other Democratic Governors to the city and the Central Connecticut State University campus on Wednesday as the President rallies support to give America a raise by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
The Democratic Town Committee is calling upon New Britain’s Mayor and Common Council to adopt a resolution in support of a federal increase and to support current state legislation to raise the wage minimum in CT.
“The Mayor and Common Council should join Cong. Elizabeth Esty and the city’s state legislative delegation in support of minimum wage adjustments as a way to reduce growing income inequality locally and nationally,” said DTC Chair John McNamara. “As nice as giving President Obama a “key” to the city would be, he’d be more appreciative of a local endorsement of his efforts to increase minimum wages and mitigate income disparities that are holding back so many citizens from joining the middle class and providing for their families. All of New Britain should have the President’s back on this issue.”
President Obama has called for raising the minimum from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 in legislation before the Congress. He has already taken executive action to require a higher minimum on employers with federal contracts. In Connecticut, new legislation would raise the minimum to $10.10 an hour by 2017. Last spring, the General Assembly passed a law, unanimously backed by the city’s legislators, 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.
To contact local officials in support of state and federal minimum wage legislation:
Mayor’s Office: Tel: (860) 826-3303 Email: Mayor@NewBritainCT.gov
Common Council: Link to all Members
DTC Organizes For a New Term: Meeting Is Monday, March 10th (new date)
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will begin a new two-year term on Monday, March 10th, 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 10th at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street, Room 504.
Sending Our Prayers and Extending Support to the Cohen-O’Brien Family
Twelve days ago on February 18th Rhona Cohen O’Brien, wife of former Mayor and State Rep. Tim O’Brien, was hospitalized with a serious hear attack. Our prayers and good wishes go out to Rhona, Tim, son Eoin and daughter Olivia.
For information about the support network being organized for the Cohen-O’Brien family in their hour of need e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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