This past fall, state officials coordinated a "listening tour" to hear from Connecticut residents struggling to meet their families' healthcare needs in the face of rising costs. The Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) has since launched a series of online surveys to allow those unable to attend the events to share their personal stories.
Here is an example of a letter Ed sent to Senator Gayle Slossberg.
I am writing to express my profound disappointment in your vote in favor of the Republican budget last Friday. The budget is terrible for several reasons, but I was shocked that you voted for a budget that contains sections 152 and 153. We have recognized that you have often supported positions on issues concerning revenue and budget contrary to those held by the State Vocational Federation of Teachers, whom I proudly represent as President, but we have always respected your strong advocacy for teachers. With
As you undoubtedly know, early Saturday morning the Republican budget passed when three Democratic senators and six Democratic representatives voted for it. Among the lowlights of this proposed budget:
All people in State retirement will pay 7% to their pension as of 7/1/27
Elimination of COLAs in pension unless fund balance is 80% or higher (meaning, never)
Teachers in TRB will pay an additional 2% -- bringing contributions up to 9.25% -- but the 2% will go to the General Fund, not the pension fund. It is, in effect, a tax on teachers.