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CBIA Says It Will Fight Higher Minimum Wage

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Cash. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s largest business organization is promising to fight a proposed increase in the minimum wage and change some unemployment insurance rules.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association said at a media briefing on Monday that high taxes and regulations make it harder for the state to attract business. The group outlined spending, tax, energy, environmental and other policies it says will make Connecticut more competitive by 2017.

Bonnie Stewart, vice president of government affairs, says Connecticut is perceived as not a place to do business.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed increasing the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, which would make Connecticut’s the highest in the nation. The CBIA opposes the higher minimum wage, saying it will reduce hiring into entry-level jobs.

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