Thumbs up to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection bumping up starting salaries in hopes of luring more candidates for seasonal positions. While some state residents may not support increasing the salaries up to $17 an hour, it’s preferable to having to limit access to beaches, parks and campgrounds. The challenge of finding summer help is not unique to Connecticut, but Memorial Day has passed and lifeguard jobs still need to be filled at Black Rock State Park in Watertown, Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, Indian Wells State Park in Shelton, Sherwood Island in Westport, Silver Sands State Park in Milford and Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield. The recruiting drive will continue through June 17.
Thumbs down to the still-unresolved crisis that has led to a shortage of baby formula around the country, including in Connecticut. Studies have shown that women of color and lower-income families are more likely to use formula, and have been harder hit by the shortage. There are a variety of reasons, but when people have fewer financial resources and need to return to work soon after giving birth, formula is often a better solution. The nationwide shortage, then, has only exacerbated existing conditions. While the federal government has taken steps to alleviate the problem, shortages remain, and until they are solved will continue to make the job of raising a young child more stressful.