Hartford, CT - State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) released the following statement regarding the Legislature’s emergency session to vote on Governor Lamont’s proposal to provide interest-free loans to furloughed federal workers in Connecticut:
“I am proud to vote for this proactive and public/private approach to provide some relief to Connecticut residents who are federal workers currently on furlough or are required to work without pay,” said Sen. Hwang. “Many affected workers furloughed during government shutdowns are not eligible for unemployment benefits. Without any sort of income during times like these and faced with rising liabilities, I believe it is our responsibility to provide these constituents of ours with the ability to meet their financial needs.”
“Unfortunately, this situation is a result of deep dysfunction in Washington, D.C. and although the legislature has little influence over the resolution of the federal government shutdown, we can and should do all in our power to help the workers affected. I applaud the Governor and House and Senate Leadership for coming together so quickly on a bipartisan basis to find a solution to the needs of Connecticut workers and families.
“We in Connecticut must address our own challenges, including an anemic economy, overwhelming pension liabilities, diverse needs of urban, suburban, and rural populations, and a significant budget deficit hampering our ability to address those important issues. If this cooperation and proactivity is a sign of what’s to come, I am optimistic about what we can accomplish this legislative session. The numbers have already begun to show that the historic bipartisanship we have enjoyed in the last two sessions works for Connecticut. Let this first legislative action be a sign there is more to come.”
State Senator Tony Hwang represents Connecticut's 28th senate district including the towns of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Newtown and Sandy Hook. He serves as Ranking Member of the Public Safety, Higher Education, and Housing Committees, and is a member of the Transportation Committee.