HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Some women who own their own businesses told Governor Dannel P. Malloy that too many undeserving people are receiving unemployment checks, and it's costing those who work.
Business owners like Julianne Roth have noticed an increase in state unemployment tax. Roth started Companions for Living six years ago. Today she has close to 100 home personal care assistants, helping seniors around the region. She says her state unemployment tax recently went from $1,500 a year to $13,000 a year.
"I've created a hundred jobs in the past six years, and I'm being penalized financially for, ya know, something that I wasn't responsible for," says Roth.
Roth and nearly twenty other women who own their own business told Malloy that the tax increases are hurting job growth. They met at a forum at the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center .
The premiums skyrocketed because so many people are out of work. Roth and others say it's too easy to get unemployment. One of Roth's former employees who was fired and later arrested for stealing is receiving unemployment. Another that quit, and moved out of state to go to school is also receiving unemployment benefits according to Roth.
"The person who was helping her at the department of unemployment told her how to fill out her forms, so that she would be awarded in saying that Companions for Living had a lack of work for her which is not the case, we offered her other assignments," says Roth.
Malloy said he will bring the concerns of business owners to the State Labor Commissioner.
"It's not the first time I've heard it, but to hear it from two or three people in the same room raises some concerns, so I'm going to have that discussion," says Malloy.
"It's definitely contributed to my increased premium, which also, you know the higher my expenses go, the less people I can hire, the less people I'm employing," says Roth.
Everyone in business knew that unemployment compensation premiums would be increasing, because so many people are out of work. Roth said there wouldn't be as high of an increase in state unemployment tax if meeting the qualifications to receive unemployment benefits was more difficult.
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