Business groups pan some of Malloy’s agenda

Gov. Dannel Malloy delivers his 2014 State of the State address at the Capitol in Hartford, Feb. 6, 2014. (WTNH / Joseph Sferrazza)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Business lobbyists at the state Capitol are panning parts of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2014 legislative agenda.

The National Federation of Independent Business said Thursday the governor’s State of the State speech to the legislature describes a state economy that most small businesses don’t recognize.

Andrew Markowski, director of the small business group, says Malloy could help business more with lower taxes than with his small business assistance program.

Malloy cited his administration’s Small Business Express program that he says has helped create and maintain more than 13,800 jobs.

The small business group and Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the state’s largest business organization, also criticized Malloy’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

The two groups say a higher minimum wage would reduce employment.

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