I am a private sector emergency room Registered Nurse.
I am also vice president of AFT Connecticut, a union that represents state workers, along with private and public sector nurses, techs, healthcare workers, teachers, paraprofessionals and others.
Their common thread is a dedication to those they serve.
Connecticut is facing "a new economic reality."
I get that.
I don't envy the governor of the legislators.
I have stood shoulder to shoulder with them many times in the past.
Tax revenues are down and I do believe in a balanced budget, otherwise we just kick the can down the road.
But let me speak to two things I read recently.
One was a quote by Lori Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, a woman I greatly admire, the other is a quote and an action by Pope Francis, a man I greatly admire.
Both are great leaders who accept a new reality and offer a solution that includes understanding, love, and shared sacrifice.
In response to the "new economic reality" and the call to cut state employee healthcare, but a refusal to look at new sources of income, Lori pointed out that just this week in New York State, 40 millionaires said in an open letter that they are willing to pay more in taxes for government services for the homeless and the needy.