Posted on May 9, 2019 by admin
For 14 hours, we passionately debated one of the most impactful bills to come before this legislature – a bill raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. It just passed along a near party-line vote.
Let me be clear – I want to see EVERYONE in the state of Connecticut earning more money. When people make more, they spend more, and the economy grows. Unfortunately, this bill is an artificial means to an end, and the adverse impact on employment will offset the desired outcome.
We raised the minimum wage not too long ago amid challenging economic times and yet we continue to lose employers, we continue to lose jobs, and Connecticut has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession.
This bill is well-intentioned, no doubt about it, but it will force small businesses to raise prices, reduce hours, lay-off dedicated employees or even close their doors for good. It will cause some nonprofits to reduce services and it will cost towns more money and potentially lead to tax increases.
I voted against this bill because I am for employment, I am for wage increases, and I am for economic growth.