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'Walmart Bill' imposing fee on large businesses with low paid workers clears first hurdle

The legislature's Human Services Committee this week advanced the so-called "Walmart Bill".  Companies with 500 or more employees, which pay workers less than $15 an hour, would be required to pay a fee to the state.  The official name of the bill is An Act Concerning the Recoupment of State Costs Attributable to Low Wage Employers.


During debate, New Milford Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor was among the lawmakers who raised concerns about what they see as the real intent of the bill.  She says the smoke and mirrors should be cleared, and people should just come out and say they want to raise the minimum wage.


Buck Taylor said it's just playing with words. 


The bill passed the committee on a 10-to-8 vote. A similar bill failed in the legislature last year.

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