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Looney’s Priorities: Marijuana, Minimum Wage, Local Taxes

January 9, 2017 By Staff
Looney’s Priorities: Marijuana, Minimum Wage, Local Taxes

Some of the first bills filed by Senate President Martin Looney's office are for marijuana and the minimum wage.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) focused on the budget crisis in his State of the State address. It appears his top ally in the Senate has other things in mind.

Some of the first bills filed by the office of Martin Looney, the president of the Senate, are for marijuana and the minimum wage.

The Mirror‘s Mark Pazniokas has more:

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, was busy before his hospitalization Tuesday for a kidney transplant, filing bills that would create a paid family-and-medical leave system, raise the minimum wage and legalize marijuana.

Pazniokas reports that one bill would legalize and tax marijuana “in the same manner as the state of Colorado.” Another would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. Yet another would allow towns to institute sales taxes.

None of these proposals deal with the budget, or Connecticut’s looming deficit.