The Connecticut Business and Industry Association issued its legislative scorecards for 2019. Wilton\u2019s legislators were scored as follows: State Rep. Tom O\u2019Dea (R-125) \u2014100 percent. State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) \u2014 86 percent. State Sen. Will Haskell (D-26) \u2014 25 percent. Scores were determined by a member\u2019s votes on 10 that affected Connecticut employers and job growth. \u201cI firmly believe that the only way Connecticut can recover is to dramatically increase the number of private-sector jobs,\u201d O\u2019Dea said in a statement. \u201cUnfortunately, this past session was arguably the most unfriendly session in our history for businesses with the number of new mandates and the nearly $2 billion in new taxes contained in the state budget. \u201cWe are the only state that has less jobs than we had before the recession, the only state with a negative GDP over the last decade, and the only state in which someone makes more in the public sector than the private sector for the same job. I want my constituents to know that I will continue to be a voice for fiscal discipline and economic opportunity,\u201d he said. Lavielle agreed with O\u2019Dea, saying she had \u201cnot seen a session as unfriendly to business as this one during my time in the legislature. The majority\u2019s policy agenda was driven by a national playbook that completely ignored Connecticut\u2019s specific financial issues and fragile business climate, and the result was particularly devastating for the small businesses that are so important for our state\u2019s economy. The CBIA scores speak volumes about the legislative majority\u2019s lack of regard for Connecticut\u2019s small businesses and its understanding of their needs. \u201cLet\u2019s look at two glaring examples of this. The state budget bill, among other things, raised taxes on small business owners by $50 million by substantially reducing the amount that they were previously allowed to deduct from their personal income taxes \u2014 a sudden, unexpected change in tax policy. The increase in the minimum wage to $15 was based on a national campaign, with no analysis of the level that would be appropriate for Connecticut or of the ability of small businesses to sustain it. On top of that, the bill stipulates that once the $15 level is reached, it must continue to increase every year. \u201cConnecticut\u2019s economy is lagging behind not only the rest of the country but also the economies of its neighboring states. We can\u2019t change that without growing our tax base by attracting and keeping businesses here. Unfortunately, during this session, the legislative majority seemed determined to do exactly the opposite.\u201d The scored bills included: Family Medical Leave (SB 1 and HB 5003): Establishes paid medical leave system. Passed Senate 21-15; House 79-69; signed by governor. CBIA opposed. Minimum Wage Hike (SB 2 and HB 5004): Raises the hourly minimum wage. Passed House 85-59; Senate 21-14; signed by governor. CBIA opposed. Proprietary Information Transfer (SB 48): Requires prescription drug manufacturers to share product samples with generic drug manufacturers. No final vote. CBIA opposed. Freedom of Speech and Conscience (SB 64 and SB 440): Prohibits an employer from coercing employees into attending or participating in meetings sponsored by the employer concerning the employer\u2019s views on political or religious matters. No final vote. CBIA opposed. Employer References (SB 761): Makes previous employers liable for the future workplace actions of former employees. No final vote. CBIA opposed. Manufacturing Careers (SB 854): Promotes manufacturing careers to high school students, allowing guidance counselors to share information and materials. Passed Senate 36-0; House 149-0; signed by governor. CBIA supported. Transfer Act (SB 1030): Reforms state\u2019s Transfer Act, helping streamline environmental remediation projects. Passed Senate 34-0; House 149-0; signed by governor. CBIA supported. Healthcare (HB 7267): Would establish options for healthcare by, among other things, modifying requirements concerning non-state public employer enrollment in the state employee plan; and offering coverage to small employers. Passed House 112-28; no action taken by Senate. CBIA opposed. Manufacturing Jobs (HB 7081 and HB 7377): Would extend apprenticeship training tax credit to smaller manufacturers. No final vote. CBIA supported. Budget (HB 7424): The $43.4-billion budget passed the House 86-65; Senate 20-16; signed by governor. CBIA opposed. O\u2019Dea supported the CBIA position in each of the above bills. Lavielle supported all positions except for the healthcare bill. Haskell supported the CBIA position on manufacturing careers and the Transfer Act. He did not have the opportunity to vote on manufacturing jobs or healthcare. In the case of legislation that did not receive a final vote, the scorecard reflects committee votes. The complete CBIA scorecard can be viewed at https:\/\/bit.ly\/2KHtZLF. Information: cbia.com.