Six Fast Facts
about the working class tax
Politicians win, job creators and their employees lose.
Under a Working Class Tax, employers would have to pay $1 for every hour worked by a person earning less than $15 per hour, even teenagers and others getting started in their careers. The total tax tab is an estimated $100 million annually, which will be in the hands of politicians in Hartford to spend however they choose.
The Working Class Tax is a backdoor attempt at a $15 per hour minimum wage.
By taxing employers who pay their employees less than $15 an hour, lawmakers may force employers to raise their hourly wages to $15 per hour, which will have troubling effects. Everyone needs a place to start his or her career, but most employers can’t afford to pay inexperienced workers $15 per hour. With the Working Class Tax in place, many of Connecticut’s entry-level jobs would be eliminated, depriving young workers of important job experience.
The Working Class Tax devalues hard work.
Supporters of the Working Class Tax don’t seem worried about its negative impact on entry-level jobs. But just because a job doesn’t pay a certain amount, doesn’t mean it’s not worth having. More than money, jobs provide meaning, skills, and experience. And pay is not the only measure of a good job. Flexibility, training, and other benefits — not to mention friendship — are considered every day when people decide where to work. People take pride in their work. We can’t let lawmakers tell them their jobs aren’t important.
The Working Class Tax means more machines.
We’ve all used the automated checkout line at the grocery store, but the Working Class Tax could mean even more machines and fewer cashiers, who would be too expensive to hire. We’re already heading in this direction, but lawmakers shouldn’t make it happen faster by imposing tax schemes on Connecticut employers.
The Working Class Tax would make life more expensive in our state.
Connecticut already has a high cost of living. Electric rates are the highest in the continental United States, and a recent ranking named Connecticut one of the most expensive states
to raise a family. But under the Working Class Tax, stores and restaurants would be forced to pass on the cost to their customers, making shopping and eating out more expensive. This won’t help Connecticut families, especially those already struggling.
Connecticut unemployment rates would increase, especially for our youth.
Youth unemployment is already high in Connecticut, and overall unemployment in our state is still higher than the national average. Additionally, Connecticut’s cities suffer from higher unemployment than the rest of the state. Because the Working Class Tax targets entry-level jobs, many of them will be lost, increasing Connecticut’s already-high unemployment rates.