In fact, a lot of businesses and organizations are taking the day off -- including the General Assembly, which has cancelled all of its meetings and public hearings for the day (except for the CT Food Policy Council meeting at 1 p.m., which is the only event not listed as cancelled on the GA's website, www.cga.ct.gov; you might want to call ahead before you head out if you were planning to attend).
Among events postponed today is the Chamber's Annual Mayoral Luncheon, which has been rescheduled for Monday at noon at La Bella Vista (still time to register here if you want to go, but you MUST be a member of the Chamber to attend).
Also postponed was today's Labor Committee public hearing on proposals to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. The two main bills to be considered are SB 13 and HB 6208.
Both bills look to increase the current $10.10 minimum wage in steps over the next five years, and then to index it the Consumer Price Index.
The committee has rescheduled the hearing to Thursday, February 16, at 2 p.m. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building.
Perhaps the snow was a good thing, because today's hearing would have conflicted with the Mayoral Luncheon. The rescheduled hearing has no such conflict with a Chamber event. But while I plan to submit testimony to the committee -- whether in person or online -- I can't stress enough the importance of having business owners submit their own testimony to the committee on this issue.
I can make a strong case for not raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, as can the Chamber's lobbyist, Armando Paolino. But the reasoning carries much more weight when it comes from actual business owners -- especially small business owners, the people who will actually have to figure out the financial impact on their businesses from this state mandate.
So, if this issue is important to you, plan to attend the hearing, or put your thoughts in an email and address it to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I finish writing up my testimony, I will post it here. And if you have any questions, or need help with your testimony, contact me at email@example.com or 203-757-0701 and I'll be happy to help.