It's worth noting that Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, and Rep. Lezlye Zupkus, R-Prospect, voted against the bill.
As I mentioned earlier, this bill would charge companies with 500 or more employees $1 for every hour those employees work for less than $15 an hour. Estimates say the cost to these employers could range anywhere from $100 million to $305 million. Quite a windfall for the state's General Fund.
This is a back-door way of pushing the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Unfortunately, what is likely to happen is that affected companies — which will include restaurant chains — will make up for the financial penalty by cutting jobs and raising prices.
There is still time to contact your legislator and ask them to reject this anti-business, job-killing bill. Call their offices or send them an email. You can find contact information here: