HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 21, 2020) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which represents thousands of small businesses in the state, issued the following statement from NFIB State Director Andy Markowski in response to Connecticut joining the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI).
“Small businesses in the state are already struggling due to COVID-19 related forced shutdowns, endless restrictions, and capacity limits. With Connecticut joining TCI, small businesses are going to face an additional financial burden at a time they can least afford it.
“Restaurants require fuel to deliver food orders, plumbers and electricians drive to job sites, construction companies utilize fuel to operate their equipment – all of these small business jobs will now be more expensive because Connecticut joined TCI.
“The higher fuel costs due to TCI will undoubtedly affect small businesses firsthand, but it will also hurt the wallet of workers who must commute to their jobs in vehicles every day. This is bad policy at a bad time.”