This past week the Appropriations Committee passed a bill to raise minimum wage with a promise to fix some of the issues with the proposal, watch the debate here.
Unfortunately, after the Appropriations committee voted out the bill, the decision was made to immediately move the bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a full debate without any changes or bi-partisan negotiations.
I agree with raising the minimum wage, but I’m disappointed the majority party refused to work with my caucus on the bill or accept any common sense amendments to make the bill better.
House Republicans made several attempts to amend and improve the bill. Amendments included language to protect municipalities (LCO 8201), and non-profits, hospitals and universities (LCO 8204). Other amendments addressed seasonal employees (LBO 8259), learners and beginners, training wage (LCO 8280), as well as farm and agricultural workers (LCO 8266). None of the Republicans amendments passed.
You can watch my comments on the bill in the House floor, here.
I believe, the language that passed will result in a lack of opportunities for young people entering the workforce, and a net loss of jobs for those earning minimum wage because employers of small businesses will simply reduce their workforce to maintain their already tight margins or for larger businesses, to utilize technology to replace minimum wage employees and won’t improve Connecticut’s struggling economy.
You can watch the debate on the minimum wage bill in the House of Representatives, here.
Next week the House is scheduled to be in session to consider and vote on bills, May 14th, May 15th and May 16th. You can watch the House debate on those days here: CT-N or on channel 59 on Cablevision.
You can find a list of bills on the Go List, here.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact my office at (800) 842-1423, or email me directly at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov.
I hope you find this information helpful,
State Rep. Brenda Kupchick
Proudly serving Fairfield & Southport