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Minimum Wages, Early Voting, And Federal Employees Forced To Work Without Pay

Jan 16, 2019

The new wave of progressive Democrats, both in the Connecticut General Assembly and in Washington, D.C., isn't waiting for the 2020 election to bring about big changes.

In Connecticut, there is emboldened optimism for increasing the state's minimum wage, like Massachusetts just did and allowing early voting, like New York, which is on the verge of enacting.

This week, we mull over both those proposals, as well as other election and campaign finance-related bills likely to come up for debate this legislative session.

The power dynamics are also shifting in the nation's capital as the most racially diverse and most female freshmen class ever elected to the U.S. House begins to challenge the status quo. 

But for federal workers, it's the partial government shutdown that is the more pressing issue at the moment. While President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats continue their standoff, it's left an opening for Connecticut's new governor, Ned Lamont, to be a hero to airport security and others forced to work without pay.

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