Connecticut is considering a law that would charge firms with 500 or more employees a $1.00 fee for each hour a worker making $15 per hour or less works each quarter. We want to assess the costs and benefits of this policy. We have from ACS PUMS the wage and hour distribution by industry and from CT DoL the distribution of firms larger than 500 employees by industry. Is there a way to model increased business costs in IMPLAN? This fee is similar to an excise tax and it will not induce any firm to increase wages we believe. So we cannot look at employment changes due to a higher min wage. I regard these fees as non-wage labor costs. Any insights are appreciated. Thank you. Stan McMillen
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