Legislators Look Into Gas Prices, Unions, Job Creation

In Hartford, politicians are working on several measures that could have an economic impact on the state.


Because gas prices vary across county lines, state Rep. William Tong, a Democrat representing Stamford in the 147th House District proposed H.B. 5099. This bill would provide funding to the office of the Attorney General to investigate gasoline pricing in Connecticut. 


State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Republican representing Norwalk in the 142nd House District, together with Rep. Themis Klarides, a Republican representing Woodbridge, Orange and Derby in the 114th House District, and Rep. Vincent Candelora, a Republican representing East Haven, North Branford and Wallingford in the 86th House District, teamed up to propose several pieces of proposed legislation seek to address Connecticut’s job situation.

Among the proposed bills are:

  • HB 5174 -- to promote new business and job creation throughout the state
  • HB 5175 -- to eliminate the corporate business tax surcharge


Getting the unions back to the negotiating table might not be an option. Instead some GOP lawmakers are trying a different tact.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican representing Bethel, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton in the 26th Senate District, proposed cutting state employee salaries by 10 percent for the next two years.

Cafero, Klarides and Candelora propose HB 5176 to create parity between state and private wages and salaries and provide savings to the state. 
They also propose HB 5177 to create parity between state and private pension plans.


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