HARTFORD (March 9, 2017): In response to Paid family leave being voted out of the Labor Committee today, the following statement may be attributed to National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Connecticut State Director, Andrew Markowski:
It always strikes the small business community as odd when mandates like this are presented and only apply to the private sector. If paid family leave is such a priority, why exclude state employees? Perhaps it is because lawmakers are well aware that the associated cost makes paid family leave unrealistic and unattainable without compensation from another source.
Small business owners cannot afford a new mandate any more than the state can. Lawmakers are failing to understand that standing up a paid family leave program in the state of Connecticut will not only saddle taxpayers with the start up cost, but small employers will shoulder the economic burden of yet another attempt by lawmakers to legislate the day to day operation of their businesses.