Connecticut lawmakers took some critical steps to help low-wage workers and their families in the last legislative session, but they must do more to build an economy that truly works for everyone. People who work hard should be able to support and protect their families. But in our low-wage, race to the bottom economy, that is increasingly becoming a pipe dream. Lawmakers need to do better next year.
A recently released study by University of Connecticut economists says that the passage of a bill to impose a fee on employers who pay low wages would produce thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in additional state revenue. It is heartening to know that when we share our wealth and ensure that costs are appropriately distributed we can indeed create a thriving state economy.