The state’s largest business organization today issued the following response to SB 163—the employer gag order bill—gaining final legislative approval.
“I’m embarrassed for Connecticut, our amazing residents, and businesses that the legislature approved this anti-employer and unconstitutional bill, as twice confirmed by our former Attorney General and in three separate court decisions,” CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima said.
“Not only is this bill preempted by federal law, it shows a complete lack of focus by policymakers on the key challenges facing the state’s economy and its job creators.
“This bill was pushed by groups representing less than 10% of Connecticut’s population and 18% of the workforce.
“It does nothing to address the state’s 109,000 job openings, the declining labor force—our pandemic losses represent a stunning 41% of the U.S. decline—soaring inflation, or supply chain bottlenecks.
“At a time when struggling small businesses desperately need support, the General Assembly decided to make it even more difficult to do business in Connecticut and continues to weaken the employer-employee relationship.
“That relationship is critical for driving innovation and makes Connecticut businesses some of the safest and most productive in the world.
“Connecticut can—and must—do better than this if we want to unlock the state’s tremendous potential and build an economy with opportunities for all residents.
“We are grateful for those lawmakers that opposed this bill and appreciate the courage they showed in standing up to special interests that seem determined to destroy our ability to compete.
“Connecticut must focus on rebuilding its economy, making the state more affordable for residents and businesses, growing our population, and strengthening one of the best workforces in the world."
CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please contact Ali Warshavsky (860.244.1929).