Launched in June 2012, the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the CT AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut’s labor, environmental, and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state.

We reject the false choice of “jobs vs. the environment.”  We seek to build a worker-oriented environmental movement organizing to secure a fair and just transition that protects not only the environment, but also the livelihoods threatened by both climate change and the steps taken toward mitigation and adaptation.  A robust climate protection program will create tens of thousands of new jobs in CT, but the transition to a clean-energy economy will also displace some workers. Workers making the difficult transition to alternative work deserve well-paid, secure jobs with benefits and the right to union representation.

We believe that our public advocacy for policies on which we have found consensus is strengthened by our ability to engage in honest and open dialogue on areas where we are still seeking common ground.  Our diversity is a source of power. Together, we can save the planet AND strengthen the communities where we live and work.

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    VOTE YES on Q#1 - Nov. 6th 

     

    for the Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment

    Investing in Transportation = Investing in CT’s Future


    WHY A CONSTITUTIONAL LOCKBOX?

    The Connecticut Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment will prohibit lawmakers from using the special transportation fund (STF) for anything other than transportation purposes.

    It is funded by:

    • the motor fuels tax
    • motor carrier road tax
    • petroleum products gross earnings tax
    • certain motor vehicle receipts and fees
    • motor vehicle-related fines
    • a portion of the state sales tax.

    Starting in 2005, over $250 million has been transferred out of the Special Transportation Fund back to the General Fund including raids during the budget crunches of the Great Recession.

    A constitutional lockbox is a necessary step toward requiring elected officials to think long-term and restore needed investments for transportation in Connecticut.

    Every dollar invested in transportation infrastructure returns $3.54 in economic impact


    WHY THIS MATTERS?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    More than 300 bridges have been graded structurally deficient.

    Car and truck exhaust contributes to high rates of asthma in CT’s cities, and transportation is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of CT’s economy.

    Since 2005, CT’s legislators have diverted more than $250 million away from the Special Transportation Fund to balance the state’s budget, including $50 million in 2016 alone.


     

    Repairing our roads & bridges and expanding our bus & rail service will:

    Create good jobs for thriving local economies

    Reduce traffic congestion and air pollution for healthier communities

    Lower greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier climate

    Build a modern transportation system to attract and retain businesses.

     

    Tax dollars raised for transportation

    must be spent on transportation!

     

    In 2017, Connecticut lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment by large majorities in both the House (101-50) and Senate (29-7)


    Now it’s up to the voters to decide.

     

    Visit the BallotPedia page to learn more about the Lockbox Campaign

    Download Our Lockbox Flyer to Print and Share

    Read about the CT League of Women Voters Position on both of the Nov. 6th, 2018 Ballot Questions

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    Offshore Wind: CT Jobs & Clean Energy

    "Offshore wind backers push New London area as potential hub" (The Day, Mar 2018)

     

    The Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island has made offshore wind a reality in the Northeast. Other states in the region – from Massachusetts to Maryland – are now moving quickly to grab a share of the wind energy from permitted areas in federal waters along the eastern seaboard.

    While Connecticut has lagged its neighboring states in making offshore wind an integral part of its long-term energy and economic development strategies, the CT DEEP issued a request for proposals in January 2018 for up to 240 MW of offshore wind.

    The Roundtable's September 2017 forum on offshore wind was co-sponsored by the Acadia Center, the CT Port Authority and the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building and Construction Trades Council, and it was hosted by IBEW Local 90. We gathered 130+ endorsements on our statement urging that offshore wind be integrated into the state's climate and energy strategies.

    In November, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced plans to procure offshore wind energy in 2018!

    As it takes this first step, CT can learn from other states that have taken the lead in pursuit of local jobs and supply-chain investment from offshore wind development. CT needs to develop a robust offshore wind strategy that leverages our modern port facilities and skilled labor pool in securing local investments from this rapidly expanding regional industry.

    We will continue to work with the building trades unions and other allies to ensure that offshore wind development brings jobs and economic opportunities to CT's workers and communities.

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