Response to Central Connecticut Chambers’ survey proves lackluster

response to central connecticut chambers survey proves lackluster - Response to Central Connecticut Chambers' survey proves lackluster

BRISTOL – The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce conducted an electronic survey of its members on four key legislative issues in April and was disappointed with the low response rate.

The Chambers’ Regional Legislative Action Committee conducted the survey, asking for opinions on increasing the minimum wage, implementing paid family medical leave, implementing highway tolls, and legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

The committee’s co-chairmen, Paul S. Lavoie and Kurt Barwis, sent out a memo in late May saying, “We sent the survey to over 1,600 members and we received 84 responses for a 5.25% response rate.”

Lavoie is general manager of Carey Manufacturing and Barwis is president/CEO of Bristol Health.

“Because of the low response rate, the Legislative Action Committee is not comfortable with a public announcement or stance regarding these issues – we would have preferred a response rate in the 20 to 25% range (320 to 400) to get a true measure of the feelings of our membership,” they said.

“That said, we feel it is important to share the results with the Board of Directors and our Membership,” Lavoie and Barwis added.

The questions and responses are:

1. Do you support or oppose an increase in the minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $15.00, with the increase applied incrementally from 2020–2023?

Support, 20 responses, 23.9% response rate.

Oppose, 48 responses, 57.1% response rate.

Unsure, 16 responses, 19.0% response rate.

No Response, 0 responses, 0.0% response rate.

Total, 84 responses, 100% response rate.

2. There is a Paid Family Medical Leave Act under consideration that will tax all employees at .05% of your pay and will provide up to 12 weeks of pay per year, up to $1,000 per week of your maximum paycheck, whichever is less. Do you support or oppose a Paid Family Medical Leave Act?

Support, 15 responses, 17.8% response rate.

Oppose, 62 responses, 73.8% response rate.

Unsure, 7 responses, 8.3% response rate.

No Response, 0 responses, 0.0% response rate.

Total, 84 responses, 100% response rate.

3. Do you support or oppose implementing tolls on I-95, I-91, I-84 and Route 15 to pay for transportation and infrastructure costs?

Support, 29 responses, 34.5% response rate.

Oppose, 47 responses, 55.9% response rate.

Unsure, 8 responses, 9.5% response rate.

No Response, 0 responses, 0.0% response rate.

Total, 84 responses, 100% response rate.

4. Do you support or oppose the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana?

Support, 18 responses, 21.4% response rate.

Oppose, 50 responses, 59.5% response rate.

Unsure, 16 responses, 19.0% response rate.

No Response, 0 responses, 0.0% response rate.

Total, 84 responses, 100% response rate.

“If you didn’t participate and would like your vote counted, please let us know and we can reopen the survey for additional participation,” Lavoie and Barwis said.

For more information, contact Cindy Bombard, president/CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, at c.bombard@centralctchambers.org, or Lavoie at plavoie@careymfg.com.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.

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