Pandemic Assistance Public Option Poll

The state government in Connecticut is considering a number of new policies that might help small businesses deal with economic problems associated with the pandemic. Following is a list of possible things that the Connecticut government might enact. Please let us know how helpful these would be for your business.

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* 1. A reduction of the state sales tax from 6.35% to 6.00%

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* 2. Expanding the “sales tax-free” week to include products that you sell

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* 3. Suspending scheduled increases in the minimum wage

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* 4.  Including all employees of your business as “essential workers” so they may get the Covid vaccine as soon as possible

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* 5. Guaranteeing that if the employment trust fund runs out of money businesses would not have to pay an assessment

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* 6. Creating a state-run “public option” that you could offer your employees for health insurance coverage

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* 7. Allowing business associations to create pooled Association Health plans that will help lower health insurance costs

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* 8. Lower workers comp rates by starting a self-insured workers comp fund

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