Conn. lawmakers create fund for Newtown workers

AP News
Posted: Mar 06, 2013 4:07 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have voted unanimously to create a new fund that will help workers traumatized by the school massacre in Newtown.

Members of both chambers of the General Assembly on Wednesday voiced strong support for the privately funded Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund, saying it's a small way they can help those who experienced such a horrific event.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. says several hundred thousand dollars has already been pledged. WWE, AT&T and Northeast Utilities are among the donors.

The public can also contribute to the fund to help an estimated 150 to 200 people, including teachers and first responders to the Dec. 14 shooting.

The funds will cover uncompensated leave and expenses for those suffering from mental or emotional impairment.