State Representative Mike Alberts recently joined fellow state legislators and local business leaders for a breakfast held by the Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson on Friday, March 16th.
During the breakfast, Rep. Alberts discussed ways to improve Connecticut’s lagging economy and high unemployment figures with business owners and members of the local health care community who were in attendance. Alberts, who represents the 50th General Assembly district, said his focus remains on rejuvinating Connecticut’s business environment in light of Connecticut’s history of anti-business legislation and high taxes.
Most of the discussion pertained to Connecticut’s Gross Receipts Tax, a 7.53% state tax on the wholesale price of gasoline, and its costly affect on consumers and businesses.
“I’m concerned about the state’s tax system and particulary the taxes on petroleum.” Alberts said. “The combination make Connecticut inefficient.”
Alberts also discussed the recent proposal to increase the minimum wage, which concerned local small business owners who are still struggling in the current economy.
“I’ve heard a lot of concern from my constiuents about Gov. Malloy’s proposals and what they will mean to the work force,” said Alberts. “I am opposed to any increase to the minimum wage. I just don’t think the state can afford it and I don’t think businesses can afford it either.”