Rep. Zupkus Votes Against Harmful Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on May 9, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) on Wednesday said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats and voted against an economically harmful proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.

Rep. Zupkus said, “The calls and emails I received from my district were alarming and eye-opening, small business owners raised many concerns about the hike in the minimum wage. This legislation have a chilling effect on hiring, a minimum wage increase of this magnitude could actually trigger job losses—reducing the availability of entry level positions as increased labor costs price unskilled and inexperienced workers out of the market. I am disappointed with the lack of any bi-partisan support for Republican amendments that would have made this proposal a much better bill for Connecticut workers and the small business community.”

The proposal passed largely along party lines on Thursday after a 14-hour debate that saw Republicans launch vigorous opposition that highlighted a variety of concerns ranging from the bill’s impact on municipal budgets to companies that rely upon seasonal workers.

The bill would increase the minimum wage over a four and a half year period.

Among its more controversial components is a provision allowing the minimum wage increase beyond $15 without legislative approval as it tracks the employment cost index.