Sen. Fasano Statement on Proposals to Increase the Minimum Wage to $15

January 26, 2017

Hartford – Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding proposed legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

“I respect the exchange and discussion of all ideas in the public hearing process. But lawmakers also must be mindful that even the bills that are only discussed and not passed by the legislature still send a message of what could be coming to our state. Businesses are paying attention to each and every bill that is raised. So while many Democrat lawmakers are supporting new platforms focused on making Connecticut business friendly, to simultaneously consider legislation that could scare businesses away from our state sends mixed messages to job creators,” said Fasano.

“Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is at best a short term response to a long term problem. At worst, raising the minimum wage would accelerate the loss of jobs and result in an increase in costs for middle and working class families. It would also increase sales taxes, income taxes, and even property taxes as municipal employee wages go up – thereby affecting all families. We all want people to have access to good paying jobs that match their skill sets so they can support their families. And business owners want to be able to pay their employees well for their hard work. But in order to create an environment where those opportunities can flourish we need a healthy economy in which employers can afford increasing wages to attract employees. To force an increase across the board creates a false economy. Prices will rise and it will be even more difficult for businesses to grow jobs. Our state needs to focus efforts on policies that encourage the growth of new opportunities. We also need to look at ways to help students who may not be able to go to college get the training they need in high school to get good paying jobs right after graduation. A robust, healthy economy with improved education opportunities is what Connecticut needs to help all families.”