New Britain Democrats To Pick Delegate Slates Tuesday, March 25th
The Democratic Town Committee will endorse delegate slates to May political conventions on Tuesday, March 25th.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at New Britain City Hall. The meeting is being held in accordance with state law requiring delegate selection between March 25th and April 1st.
Conventions include May 14th the 5th District Congressional (Elizabeth Esty), May 16th State Convention (Governor and Constitutional Offices), May 19th 6th State Senate (Terry Gerratana), May 20th State Representative Conventions (22nd Rep Betty Boukus and 24th Rep Rick Lopes) and May 21st Judge of Probate (Walter Clebowicz). Endorsements for the 25th (Bobby Sanchez) and 26th (Peter Tercyak) will be made at a Town Committee meeting between May 20th and May 27th.
New Britain sends 30 delegates to the state, state senate, congressional and judge of probate conventions. There are nine delegates to the 24th State Representative convention and three delegates to the 22nd State Representative convention. Only members of the Town Committee from the 25th and 26th state representative districts will be the endorsing group for those legislative seats.
In addition to delegate selection, the DTC will also choose district leaders for the town committee and adopt a calendar for the year.
New Term Begins: DTC Elects Three New Officers
The Democratic Town Committee elected three new members to its six-member executive committee at a March 10th organizational meeting at New Britain City Hall.
Shirley Black, a Ward 3 Alderperson and President of the Black Democratic Club, becomes the Vice Chair succeeding State Representative Bobby Sanchez, a DTC member from the Generale Ameglio Society district who is seeking a second full term as state representative from the 25th Assembly District. Sanchez nominated Black for the Vice Chair post. Also nominated unanimously were Mario Santos who will serve as the Corresponding Secretary and Wilfredo Justiniano, the Assistant Treasurer.
Returning for a two-year term will be Chairman John McNamara, Recording Secretary Ann Speyer and Treasurer John Valengavich.
The 47-member committee, representing the city’s 15 voting districts, began organizing committees focusing on voter registration, education, jobs and economic development and the municipal budget. In a statement DTC Chair McNamara said “we seek to build a community of engaged citizens” working toward:
- Healthy neighborhoods with strong code and public safety enforcement in housing;
- Educational opportunity that does not hold public education back because of the regressive property tax.
- Transparency and a fair allocation of resources in the municipal budget.
- Job creation and economic development accompanied by living wages for residents
- Preservation and a greater awareness of the city’s historic and cultural assets.
- Responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources.
In addition to the 47 elected members the DTC welcomes associate members. Interested Democrats may apply at https://newbritaindemocrat.org/who-we-are/
Income Inequality: Minimum Wage Proposals Advance
New Britain legislators helped advance legislation to increase CT’s minimum wage as the bill was approved by the Labor and Public Employees Committee on a vote of 8 to 3. State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26) is House Chair of the committee and State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) is Senate Vice Chair.
The proposal, backed by Governor Malloy, will bring the minimum wage to $9.15 on January 1, 2015, and then to $9.60 on January 1, 2016, before finally raising it to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.
“Too many of our neighbors are working long hours and multiple jobs but are still unable to make enough money to support their families,” said Senator Gerratana. “Most of the thousands of people working minimum wage jobs are above the age of 20, with nearly half having some college education and many struggling to support a family. Passage of this bill will help ensure that Connecticut’s hard working people can make ends meet, allowing them to support their families, advance themselves, and better contribute to the state economy.”
A Quinnipiac Poll released today found that 71 percent of those polled supported raising Connecticut’s minimum wage. It is estimated that there are currently 70,000 to 90,000 people in Connecticut working for the minimum wage. Contrary to the common belief, over 80 percent of minimum wage earners are above the age of twenty, 42 percent have at least some college education, and many are struggling to support a family. The average minimum wage worker earns about half of his or her family’s total income. Over a quarter of these families have children they are trying to provide for.
In addition to the boost it provides to working families, an increase to the minimum wage has been repeatedly shown to increase economic activity. Minimum wage workers spend their new earnings immediately, generating a positive impact on their local economies. A recent study from the Economic Policy institute estimated the minimum wage increase in Connecticut will create a positive GDP impact of more than $140 million. The costs for this increase on the businesses that employ minimum wage earners are usually less than two-tenths of one percent of that business’s sales revenue.
At New Britain City Hall, the Common Council referred a proposal by Council President Mike Trueworthy to the council’s Administration, Finance & Law Subcommittee that would increase the minimum wage to all city employees to $10.10 an hour by July 1, 2016. In addition, the resolution states that the city “shall not enter into contracts with contractors whose employees, independent contractors, regardless of full-time or part-time status, receive payments of less than $10.10 per hour.” The city already has a “living wage” ordinance that provides for fair wages by contractors who do business with the city. The $10.10 measure would impact seasonal or other employees not covered by other agreements and would take effect a year earlier than that proposed state law now moving through the General Assembly.
The Democratic Town Committee, in addition to supporting the state legislation, passed a resolution in support of the Trueworthy proposal at its meeting on March 10th.
“Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, who has been turning his employees over to the Government relief rolls in order to preserve his company’s undistributed reserves, tell you – using his stockholders’ money to pay the postage for his personal opinions — tell you that a wage of $11.00 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.”
– President Roosevelt from a 1938, Fireside Chat, the night before signing the Fair Labor Standards Act that instituted the federal minimum wage. from FDR Make The Case For The Minimum Wage.
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