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Connecticut approves highest state minimum wage
continue to have this schizophrenic attitude, where we say we open for business on one hand small businesses, you our backbone, you are our heroes, said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R Norwalk. we keep taking actions that keep punching them in the gut.
According to a Quinnipiac University Poll released earlier this month, 6 in 10 registered Connecticut voters support increasing the wage to $10.10 or more. The survey of 1,878 registered voters had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
after Wednesday vote.
The bill passed the Democratic controlled General Assembly on largely party lines Wednesday. It passed 21 14 in the Senate and 87 54 in the House.
call it soft is a compliment, said Sen. Joe Markley, R Southington. increasing the minimum wage at a time when the demand for employment is already low.
Malloy, who has yet to announce his re election plans, has made the minimum wage a major political issue. Besides appearing with Obama, Malloy was involved in a recent on camera partisan feud outside the White House with Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal over the $10.10 federal minimum wage proposal.
Under current law, Connecticut minimum wage was already scheduled to climb by 30 cents to $9 on Jan. 1, 2015. But under this bill, it would instead increase to $9.15 an hour. It would go up to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016 and to $10.10 on Jan. 1, Crop Top Adidas Sweater
leave, making Connecticut uncompetitive.
HARTFORD >> Connecticut state lawmakers Wednesday became the first in the country to pass legislation that would increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, by 2017, the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.
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The New York based nonprofit research and advocacy group said similar proposals are also being considered by lawmakers in Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii and elsewhere.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who recently appeared with Obama and several New England governors to tout the proposal, applauded Wednesday votes, saying he sign the bill into law at the same New Britain restaurant where Obama dined earlier this month during a visit.
Between 70,000 and 90,000 people earn the minimum wage in Connecticut, said Senate President Donald Williams, D Brooklyn.
Jack Temple, a policy analyst for the National Employment Law Project, said Connecticut vote clears the way for other states to pass the legislation, and possibly Congress.
The $10.10 wage is the highest imposed by a state, but there are higher minimum wages imposed by cities, including $10.74 in San Francisco.
hope Members of Congress, governors, state legislators and business leaders across our country will follow Connecticut lead to help ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty, and that every American who works hard has the chance to get ahead, Obama said in a statement Gold Adidas Sweatshirt
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think the significance cannot be overstated for this, he said. more action we see on the state level like this, that always an ingredient for momentum at the federal level as well.
Republican senators acknowledged some people would benefit but questioned whether struggling small businesses and the state economy are strong enough to absorb the increase.
am proud that Connecticut is once again a leader on an issue of national importance, Malloy said. the minimum wage is not just good for workers, it also good for business.
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