"STATEMENT: CT House Passes Small Business Hotline Bill"
Milford, CT (May 3, 2017) – Today, a bill that would create a small business hotline to serve as a one-stop-shop for interactions with the state (H.B. 5584), passed in Connecticut’s House of Representatives.
In response, Brett Broesder, co-founder and vice president of Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs, said that small business owners average 200 hours a year dealing with government rules and regulations, according to a Babson College Study. However, this legislative initiative can help ease that burden while making our state more business friendly.
“Small businesses employ nearly half of workers statewide,” said Broesder. “With measures like this, state lawmakers help small business owners by cutting burdensome red tape. When small businesses succeed in Connecticut, it strengthens our economy, our families, and our communities. It's a win-win."
A public hearing took place on February 23, and the bill was approved 20-1 by the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee on March 21.
The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Malloy, requires Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) to establish a statewide small business hotline by October 1, 2017.
Also, the bill requires DECD to staff the hotline during regular business hours, and provide information and guidance on the following issues: starting and developing small businesses, networking resources, and technical and financial assistance from state and quasi-public agencies.
To read bill analysis from the Office of Legislative Research, click here: http://bit.ly/2oUjcEE.
To read testimony from the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs in support of H.B. 5584, click here: http://bit.ly/2oUih7m.
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