President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Provides Desperately-Needed Relief for
Connecticut Families and the Essential Services Our Communities Need
Recovery Plan is a Step in the Direction of a Recovery for All – Not Just the Ultra-Wealthy
As President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, CSEA SEIU Local 2001 issued the following statement:
“As CSEA members continue working tirelessly to address the consequences of the pandemic, President Biden signed an American Rescue Plan that will provide desperately-needed relief for Connecticut families and the essential services our communities need now and into the future.
“President Biden’s plan will finally get money flowing into our communities — including $4.35 billion for Connecticut. Now it’s time for Governor Ned Lamont to commit to investing in the essential employees getting us through this pandemic. That means respecting, protecting and paying the people who provide the essential services keeping Connecticut running throughout this crisis — in many cases, at great personal risk to themselves and their families. Governor Lamont must ensure that Connecticut has a recovery for all – not just the ultra-wealthy.
“With this relief on the way, we will see needed investment across the board; including in Black, Latino, Asian, Native, and immigrant communities that have been hit so hard by this pandemic–becoming ill, dying, and losing jobs at higher rates.
“To help our state respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the rescue plan establishes a U.S. Public Health Jobs Corps to bolster public health infrastructure — including contact tracing that reaches every community in America and new investment in the public health workforce.
“While the American Rescue Plan is a strong first step towards real relief for working families, there’s much more work still to be done. A full recovery won’t happen until Governor Lamont agrees to have millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in taxes and stops the wasteful and expensive use of outside consultants to deliver public services that could be done better, faster, and for less by public employees. Working people across Connecticut will keep fighting until we win all the transformative change we fought for.
“Next week, the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will host a public hearing on HB 6187 An Act Concerning the Restructuring of Certain Taxes and Equity and SB 821 An Act Concerning the Reformation of Certain Taxes and Tax Equity which are crucial steps our State must take in order to ensure the recovery from this pandemic is for all of our residents not just the ultra-wealthy. With 1 in 5 CT adults with children said their children don’t have enough food to eat and more than 15,000 families in danger of eviction and almost 200,000 unemployed workers, Connecticut needs an aggressive plan to deal with this unprecedented crisis.
“We learned from the 2008 Great Recession that the risk is not going too big – it’s going too small, so we must take bold action now. As one of the richest states in the nation with some of the highest income and wealth inequality in our country, this is not an impossible task. Our State’s tax structure continues to place a far greater burden on the working and middle class than the ultra-wealthy and while working families have risked their health and safety to ensure our State continues to move forward, the 17 billionaires in our State have added $3.6 billion to their wealth throughout the pandemic.
“The time to act is now. During the hearing on Monday, be sure to keep an eye out for another email from CSEA SEIU Local 2001 urging you to contact your legislator to ask them to support both HB6187 and SB821. We’ll give you all the details, a template and the contact information you’ll need to make these important calls and emails.”