As of March 31, more than 7,600 Connecticut immigrants were stuck in a backlog of pending cases.
The jobless in Connecticut will wait weeks for help from the state or federal government.
WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from its two-week recess next week it will have just days to approve a bill that would fund the federal budget and prevent a government shutdown that would affect a broad swath of Connecticut residents – from Head Start students to workers in the state’s defense industry.
Underscoring the fiscal crisis facing Connecticut, the General Assembly is considering furloughs of legislative staff, a rollback of staff raises, and a rare rejection of a negotiated contract. Meanwhile, the Judicial Branch has canceled raises for non-union employees that were to take effect Friday.
Though some legislators are exploring possible state employee furloughs, asking workers to take unpaid days off could be a troublesome fix for Connecticut’s budget – for several reasons. Besides a new nonpartisan analysis showing a relatively modest savings from concessions, a larger state budget hole down the road, as well as the nature of labor-management relations, also makes furloughs problematic at best.
WASHINGTON – With only days to act remaining, Congress is once again on the brink of a fiscal crisis that will have a special impact on Connecticut’s $13 billion defense industry.