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CBIA President Joe Brennan said, "State policymakers must acknowledge these very real concerns."
The largest year-over-year increase was at Emergency Services & Public Protection, whose total overtime rose by $6.5 million – 33.1% -- to nearly $26.3 million.
Highway tolls and whether or not to expand state-sanctioned gambling are still unresolved.
However, most businesses polled by the CBIA were not concerned over the impact of a minimum wage hike.
"We need to create a state where businesses are growing and investing," said CBIA's Pete Gioia.
"Connecticut has to build upon our many strengths and not allow bad policy choices to slow us down," says the organization's President and CEO Joe Brennan.
"It is clear that Connecticut’s labor market continues to tighten," said Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research.
“It’s not like there’s absolutely no money in the Trust Fund,” says Eric Gjede of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association; however, he added, “It’s nowhere close to where we’d like it to be.”
"These individuals are among the state’s top business leaders and their experience will help us develop our policy agenda,” said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.
“Unfortunately, business leaders feel not enough lawmakers take the state’s challenges seriously,” said CBIA President and CEO Joe Brennan.