By Tyler Micik
The Small Business Alliance (SBA) met earlier this week to discuss several bills that will have an impact on small businesses. Among these proposals are SB15, which would increase the minimum wage and HB150, which would legalize recreational marijuana.
The State Chamber believes that while an increase in the minimum wage is well intended, it’s going to harm the very people its intended to help. Not to mention it comes at a time when small businesses are still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Instead, members of the General Assembly should be supporting and promoting programs, like Forward Delaware, that can provide Delawareans with the tangible skills needed to advance their careers.
SBA committee members expressed concern over the legalization of marijuana without employer protections from liability, a standardized test for impairment, and a certifiable and agreed upon level of measuring what constitutes impairment.
Also this week, members from the State Chamber’s HR committee met with Senator Sarah McBride to learn about her proposal for Paid Family and Medical Leave. While a bill has not been introduced, Senator McBride has drafted a bill and is looking for feedback from the business community.
The State Chamber is holding its 6th Annual Small Business Day virtually on May 12-13 to discuss these policies and others. To find out more about these policy items and others that have been introduced this session, or to join a committee and engage in conversations that help shape Delaware’s future, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.