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New Report: Undocumented Immigrants Play A Vital Role In State’s Economy

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Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

In Connecticut, if you need a software developer or someone to paint your house, most likely an immigrant will get the job.

For those dining at a restaurant, there is a one in three probability that the food will be prepared by a foreign-born cook using vegetables raised and harvested by immigrant workers.

There is also a good chance that the doctor who treats you was trained abroad and that the health aide who cares for you is an immigrant.

A new Connecticut-specific report states that foreign-born residents make up 14 percent of the state’s population, have earned nearly $19 billion, or 13.8 percent of all income produced ...

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Graduation For 16 Hispanic Entrepreneurs In New Britain

Katherine Robles receives her graduation certificate from from professor Samuel Irizarry at the Hispanic Business Entrepreneurial Program Graduation at the CCSU Institute of Technology & Business Development.   Photo Credit: Wesley Bunnell | New Britain Herald her with Farmington Bank held  on Wednesday June 1st.

As Richard C. Mullins Jr. began calling each graduate to the front of the downtown conference room, so began a commencement ceremony that hadn’t occurred in the city for over a decade.

The 16 graduates, who hailed not only from New Britain but from Stamford, New London, Hartford and beyond, had completed the Hispanic Business Entrepreneurial Program, the only business course taught in Spanish in the

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More than 60% Of Latinos In CT Don’t Have Access To Retirement Savings


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Photo credit: http://www.cheatsheet.com

Bill Sarno


Currently, more than 600,000 state residents, including about 62 percent of Latinos compared to 38 percent of whites, do not have access to a retirement savings vehicle at their place of employment, according to statistics from Connecticut AARP, one of the chief advocates for  HB 5591bill, which is  winding its way through the state’s legislature.

According to Martin Cabrera Jr., chief executive officer of Cabrera Capital Markets, in his testimony for HB 5591 at a recent legislative public hearing, this amounts to roughly 94,000 Hispanics in Connecticut without payroll deduction plans at work.

The employment-based voluntary retirement savings measure could substantially brighten the ...

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