Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Rejects $3 Million Fund for Striking Workers

By Madz Dizon

Jun 12, 2024 05:57 PM EDT

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Rejects $3 Million Fund for Striking Workers
CT Governor Ned Lamont (D-CT) speaks at a Covid-19 community vaccination clinic on March 14, 2021 in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont turned down the opportunity to provide a $3 million fund that could have offered much-needed support to the workers currently on strike.

Connecticut Lawmakers Propose Worker Support Bill

The bill, supported by the state's lawmakers, was presented as a way to support workers with lower wages, according to Sen. Julie Kusher. However, Lamont rejected their proposition in early May.

Describing the bill as praiseworthy for its support of low-wage workers, Lamont expressed his concerns about the legislation's lack of clarity, financial accountability, and oversight during the final night of the 2024 legislative session.

According to Entrepreneur, Lamont expressed strong opposition to the bill, stating that he had reservations about using taxpayer funding for it and was not enthusiastic about supporting it.

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Lamont Veto Stresses Concerns Over Funds Allocation Without Oversight

Today, Lamont reiterated his stance in his veto note, calmly expressing concern about the potential for inefficiency, mismanagement, and lack of transparency in the allocation of funds without a clear monitoring mechanism.

Looks like lawmakers along with union representatives won't be able to provide additional support to American workers during strike action.

Rocco Calo, principal officer of Teamsters Local 1150, expressed his profound disappointment, stating that Governor Lamont's decision to veto this legislation is a significant setback for the women and men of the Connecticut Teamsters, AP reported.

Lamont's recent actions demonstrate his commitment to workers' rights. Just last month, he signed a bill that provides additional sick pay for workers across the state.

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