The Connecticut Business & Industry Association is the voice of business in Connecticut, with thousands of member companies championing change at the State Capitol, shaping debate about economic competitiveness, and fighting for a better future for all.
Establishes a new costly and unsustainable paid FMLA mandate that will apply to businesses with 2 or more employees. The benefit itself is funded by confiscating employee wages, but businesses will be required to continue to provide nonwage benefits, and taxpayers will be responsible for the 120+ new state employees needed to run the program. Further, extend the right to use paid FMLA to care for extended family members – including siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, “anyone close to you that is related by blood, or any whose close association with the employee is equivalent to that of a family member”.
Requires Internet service providers to register and pay fees to PURA and for PURA to apply net neutrality principles to Internet service providers, enforcing those standards with civil penalties.
Implements the governor's budget recommendations for general government including imposition of a new tax on employers to be used to pay wages and benefits for employees of the Connecticut Department of Labor.
Implements recommendations from the Governor's Council on Climate Change, including further incorporating climate change concerns into local regional and state planning documents. It also changes the current requirement for a Comprehensive Energy Strategy every three years to a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Strategy every four years.
Implements the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's revised Comprehensive Energy Strategy. Creates new, aggressive annually increasing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements; reduces penalties for non-compliance with RPS standards; narrows the array of clean energy technologies the state will consider as Class 1, including stripping fuel cells and certain biofuel technologies of that status; calls for additional charges on ratepayers to fund clean energy and energy efficiency programs.