The Mirror reports that the ensuing debate lasted three hours, as Republicans in the chamber made it clear they planned to filibuster the bill. So debate on the bill was ultimately suspended.
The minimum wage, which currently is $9.60/hour, is already set to increase to increase to $10.10 on Jan. 1. Under the bill Looney introduced, it would have risen to $10.70 in 2018, $11.30 in 2019 and finally to $12 in 2020.
It really is disheartening to read about this at a time when the legislature still has not yet figured out how to balance the budget, tax revenues are declining, and the state's job market is pretty much stagnant.
As General Electric was huffily walking out the door headed to Massachusetts, Sen. Looney made the remark that the corporation's move had nothing to do with taxes. We can agree that taxes probably did not play as big a role as GE made it sound. No, the truth is that it's stuff like this, Democrats in the state legislature proposing all kinds of mandates — mandatory paid sick leave, mandatory paid family and medical leave, penalties for not paying workers at least $15 an hour -- that not only drive businesses nuts, but drive them out of Connecticut.
The Nutmeg State? The Constitution State? No, Connecticut is now the Looney Bin.