State Legislators Hear from Trumbull Business Owners

Posted on October 31, 2019 by admin


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TRUMBULL- State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123), and Ben McGorty (R-122) recently held a successful business advisory forum for local business leaders, employees and the public in the Council Chambers of the Trumbull Town Hall.

The hour long discussion began with a general overview of the main topics and quickly became an informative back and forth between the legislators and the forum attendees.

The legislators talked about several important pieces of legislation presented, debated or passed by the General Assembly this year, including the state’s new paid family medical leave program, an increase to the minimum wage and changes to the pass-through entity tax. They also touched on the issue of the new payroll tax and business filing fee increase.

Each of these issues directly impacts Connecticut businesses, and will affect residents across the state.

“The 2019 legislative session resulted in many well intended policies to be enacted that carry a significant negative impact on businesses in a state that has struggled to regain its legs after the dramatic economic downturn a decade ago,” said Rep. Devlin.

Rep. Rutigliano said, “The governor and the majority in the General Assembly spent 2019 waging war on state businesses. We wanted to alert local business owners that the cost to do business is going up this year.”

“We are one of the worst states in the nation to do business in and this session the Democrats decided to pass more bills that will not get us out of the dead last rankings,” added Rep. McGorty. “I want to let businesses know that we have their backs and will continue to fight for them in Hartford, but we also need their help in speaking out against these bills when they come before the legislature.”

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Shelton Lawmakers Talk to Business Owners Frustrated with Anti-Business Climate

Posted on October 25, 2019 by admin


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SHELTON – State Representatives Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly met with business owners and professionals on Tuesday morning to discuss the impact of legislation that was passed during the 2019 session will have on their industries.

During the 2019 session, the majority party Democrats passed major anti-business bills, which included increasing the minimum wage to $15, implementing a payroll tax to fund paid family leave, raising the business filing fees and reducing the tax credit for pass-through entities.

The lawmakers explained that they wanted to host the forum to make businesses aware of what was passed and how to prepare for the new laws. They also urged businesses to be vocal about how policies discussed in Hartford will impact them and make their voices heard during the legislative session.

“Democratic lawmakers and Governor Ned Lamont say they care about business owners but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Rep. Perillo. “These anti-business bills will cost businesses more money and could cause more to close their doors. Instead of asking businesses for more we should be asking what we can do to make it easier for them to do business in our state.”

“We are one of the worst states in the nation to do business in and this session the Democrats decided to pass more bills that will not get us out of the dead last rankings,” added Rep. McGorty. “I want to let businesses know Rep. Perillo, Sen. Kelly and I have their backs and will continue to fight for them in Hartford, but we also need their help in speaking out against these bills when they come before the legislature.”

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Shelton legislators to hold business forum

Posted on October 8, 2019 by admin


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The 2019 legislative session was among the most impactful on the state’s business community in recent memory.

With that in mind, I’m co-hosting a forum this month in Shelton to provide information on legislative action that affects the state’s business community. I’ll be joined by state Rep. Jason Perillo and Sen. Kevin Kelly, and together we’ll cover topics such as the state’s new mandatory paid family and medical leave program, an increase to the minimum wage, and changes to the pass-through entity

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