Connecticut workers propose low wage fee

Connecticut's poorest workers want to force companies to pay them more or face a penalty. Dozens of workers rallied for a change in Hartford Tuesday. They want big employers to have to pay a fee for

News 12 Staff

Mar 9, 2016, 5:20 AM

Updated 3,056 days ago

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Connecticut's poorest workers want to force companies to pay them more or face a penalty.
Dozens of workers rallied for a change in Hartford Tuesday. They want big employers to have to pay a fee for every worker making under $15 an hour.
Workers say the money would pay the state back for food stamps and medical assistance.
"It sends an anti-business message, and we've had enough anti-business messages," says Paul Timpanelli, of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
Business groups say after General Electric's high-profile departure, the demand is not the way to bring up salaries.
"In order for us to resolve that problem, we need to build jobs," Timpanelli says. "We need to build opportunity, and you build opportunity by reducing business costs."


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