May 31, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Paid leave proponents say small businesses back their effort

An organization that supports establishing a paid family and medical leave program in Connecticut says 77 percent of the 243 Connecticut small business owners recently surveyed support its stance.

The Campaign for Paid Family and Medical Leave was scheduled to join small business owners, legislators and others at the State Capitol Wednesday morning to announce the poll results.

The poll was commissioned by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund and conducted by BLS Research & Consulting in East Haven.

Several bills in the House and Senate on paid family and medical leave, including one that would provide a tax credit for businesses that offer the benefit, have stalled in the legislature, with no action since March.

Advocates are using the poll to stir up legislative support in the waning days of the session. Among other findings, the poll showed that 95 percent of small business owners believe in the importance of time off for a new child, recovery from serious illness or care of an ill family member.

More than 75 percent of those polled also support some form of the pending legislation, the poll reports.

Of those poll respondents who are Connecticut Business and Industry Association or regional chamber of commerce members, 79 percent and 72 percent respectively favor establishing paid leave, pollsters say.

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RICONN

06/01/17 AT 08:24 AM
Don't believe any statistics coming from CPFML. Inferred results from indirect questions. While many small business owners believe in the importance of family and child raising, virtually none of us believe in this concoction proposed to be run by the state. This will become just another liability for CT taxpayers with a bloated bureaucracy and shady finances. Another slush fund to be propped up by taxpayers.

I attended the filming of a CPTV piece on this issue by this same group. It was the most one- sided presentation that you could ever imagine and every effort was made to hide the true costs and lack of true benefits to participants. The small business representative on the panel was an upstart millenial with no employees who is likely receiving start-up funds from the taxpayers. Beth Bye, AARP and the alt-left at their very lowest.

There are forms of insurance available on the open market and many other ways for parents to fund and provide for their own family leave. And I am sure that small businesses would promote many of these choices. This legislation is definitely NOT the way to proceed.

If you were going to give money from your paycheck to charity every week you would do your due diligence and make sure that the bulk of that money went to the actual need, not the overhead. The same applies here. The State has proven that it can't manage the money it already takes in - do you trust them with more of it?
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