I want to make you aware of an important public hearing scheduled to be held by the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employees Committee on Thursday, Feb. 9, at noon in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The official agenda, which can be viewed here, includes two bills — Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 6208 —seeking to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
There are many reasons to oppose these bills. As Pete Gioia, vice president and economist with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association notes on the CBIA’s website, “with our current economy still struggling to get on its own feet, and ill-timed government-mandated minimum wage hike will only undermine entry-level jobs.”
Unfortunately, Thursday’s public hearing is being held at the same time as the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Annual Mayoral Luncheon with Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, which is set for noon at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. While the conflict prevents me from attending the public hearing, I do plan to submit testimony to the Labor & Public Employees Committee stating the Chamber’s opposition to the proposed minimum wage increases.
If you also feel strongly about this issue, I urge you to make time to attend and speak during the public hearing on Thursday. There are many voices on the other side of this issue that you can be certain will make themselves heard during the hearing, so it is imperative that business owners and executives speak out and let our legislators know the negatives of the proposals. Such comments are also always better coming from actual business owners than from and advocate like myself.
If you are unable to attend, or prefer to attend the Chamber’s Mayoral Luncheon instead, you can still submit testimony to the committee by emailing your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you identify yourself, including your title, the name of your business and its location.
Also, while no legislators from Greater Waterbury are members of the Labor & Public Employees Committee, you can still contact your local legislator to express your opposition to these bills. You can find your local legislator and contact information here, on our website at www.waterburychamber.com.
If you have any questions, contact me at email@example.com or 203-757-0701.
Director of Public Policy & Economic Development
Waterbury Regional Chamber