2019 has been an exhilarating year, and I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to serve our community in Hartford. As next year’s legislative agenda begins to take shape, I think it’s important to reflect on the steps we took this year to build a better future for Connecticut. Between long drives to Hartford, roughly a dozen town halls and countless community events, I was proud to deliver real progress for our district.
This year, we brought Paid Family and Medical Leave to Connecticut, because no one should be forced to go back to work when they are still recovering from an illness or caring for a new baby. This legislation represents a major step forward and the beginning of a new chapter in our state’s history. The program is financed by employee contributions, meaning employers will not be asked to pay their employees who are on leave.