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Connecticut passes $10.10 minimum wage bill

Minimum Wage

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation Thursday that will raise Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest rate for any state in the country.

Surrounded by state lawmakers and officials, Malloy appeared at a packed Café Beauregard, the same New Britain restaurant where he dined earlier this month with President Barack Obama and several other New England governors. The president was in town to advocate for a national $10.10 minimum wage.

After signing the bill, Malloy said it was one of his "proudest days as governor" and added: "It's time to get people out of poverty."

Earlier in the day, Malloy and legislative leaders received a congratulatory phone call from Vice President Joe Biden, who thanked Connecticut for being the first state to pass legislation enacting the $10.10 wage. Some cities, but no states, have higher minimum wages.

"Our message back to the vice president was, 'Mr. Vice President, you can use this and use the states that are marching in the right direction. But we need to do this on a national basis,'" Malloy said. "No one in no state should work 40 hours a week and still live in poverty. Connecticut has put the marker down. Other states will follow. We're going to get the job done."

Connecticut's Democratic-controlled state House and Senate approved the bill Wednesday, with only Democrats supporting the legislation. The bill will increase the state's current minimum hourly wage of $8.70 to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015, to $9.60 in January 2016 and to $10.10 in January 2017.

Legislative Republicans and various business groups criticized the increase as another action making Connecticut uncompetitive. The state's wage recently climbed to $8.70 on Jan. 1. It was previously scheduled to also increase to $9 next year.

"Many small business owners were disappointed by the increase last year but partially relieved that the issue was behind them. Suddenly it's back and it's bigger," said Andrew Markowski, Connecticut director of the National Federation of Independent Business. "They must be wondering what's next, and who could blame them?"

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Viper1ex19 March 28 2014 at 9:22 AM

The entry level workers who supported this just screwed them selves and they didn't even know it.

Now;

The minimum wage workers will be required to have a lot more experience therefore leaving those right out of school unemployed.

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bnapoli March 28 2014 at 9:41 AM

Joe Biden made a phone call to the Governor............ Wow ! Actually gave him something to do

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Rich bnapoli March 28 2014 at 9:56 AM

Also reminded him in the call that "illegals" are "already Americans."

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elkcalleraz March 28 2014 at 6:10 PM

Anyone for this is just ridiculous and does NOT understand economics whatsoever. As you raise pay, everything else rises as well so there will be only a short term gain. Long term it will remain the exact same and may actually be worse for some depending on where they live and what they purchase. The only way to bring people out of poverty is to educate them and remember they must WANT to be educated. This is the problem with low income individuals. They do not want to be educated or they would go to school and learn. Pretty simple, educate for a better job don't demand more for less educated jobs.

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ssass3101 elkcalleraz March 28 2014 at 9:44 PM

the problem is not the minimum wage people getting more
the problem is the big wigs that are jut greedy and want far far too much
they are killing us all and driving us all poor

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jrb359 March 28 2014 at 6:21 AM

Redistribution of wealth!

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alfredschrader March 28 2014 at 6:17 AM

It's not the wage, it's the position. You can't pay the manager less than the floor moppers, so now you have to increase the manager's pay. You can't pay the district manager less than the store manager, so now you have to increase that pay. You can't pay the corporate rep less than the district manager now you have to increase that pay all the way to the top. Your labor/wage costs have increased so now you have to increase your prices to pay for it. Everything restabilizes right back to where it was only now your savings have taken a hit.

The bigger picture is the good paying jobs have gone over seas. Fixing that will take more work than simply changing a number on the accounting systems

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Mitch alfredschrader March 28 2014 at 8:49 AM

Just wait until the driving jobs are automated. There's a couple million more jobs. Oh, wait, it gets better. Purchasing and inventory management will be even more automated. Hundreds of thousands more jobs gone, forever. Project management will be done by AI. Fat paying, riding around in a truck all day listening to Rush and Sean construction management jobs will disappear. don't think it won't happen to you, dittohead. You wanted a race to the bottom, you got it. Better work on your tattoo art skills, or you'll be flipping burgers.

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mariebalderacchi March 28 2014 at 5:57 AM

Does Mr. Malloy, the President, Vice President or anyone with any basic mathematical skills really think that earning $404.00 per week gross for forty hours is going to get you or anyone out of poverty? Perhaps in some third world country. Connecticut is one of the highest cost of living places to live in United States with a poor economic present and an even poorer economic future at least going in the direction we are presently headed. This law will do nothing to change the poverty status but will instead have a direct adverse effect on those receiving economic aid and food stamps from the State and the Federal government, which in itself may be beneficial to the government and the people paying a higher tax rate. However any additional funds our government does keep, it finds a way to spend on frivolous or innate things or even giving it away to some other country that just wants us for our money. So if you are one of the minimum wage earners, congrats but now watch all your other aid decrease and other costs like Husky or other insurance benefits you presently qualify go up in costs or be eliminated all together. When Mr. Obama put this into effect for companies who have or get federal contracts that seemed fine, In Connecticut we already had that law, any State contract awarded was required to pay its workers a prevailing wage which at face value at the low end of the scale is $18.00 per hour ranging to the high end for specialty trades which is at $81.00 per hour. If you are a present $8.70 per hour employee for 40 hours you will see a $56.00 dollar per week gross income. After State Federal, SS and Medicaid deductions you will get about $34.00 net dollars a week, don't spend it all in one place. I know that any additional money for lower wage employees is something but please be realistic, isn't it or wouldn't it be better if the government wants to keep sticking it finger in where it doesn't belong do something that will help people make even more money by giving education benefits like they did before. The State of Connecticut used to let you go to a State university for free as a resident but greed took that away. Education equals higher paying jobs. Right its the give em a fish or teach them to fish fact. So this increase will serve as nothing else as a back breaker for small businesses and as for those fast food places, the Walmarts or the Dollar Store type outlets all they will do is pass on the increased costs to the consumer. Factually speaking this will not prevent any consumer from purchasing the product at the new higher price and all this minimum wage increase will do is now have more money taken out of your check so that the State and Federal government will get an increase tax revenue for the State, pay more into Social Security and Medicaid, put these recipients in a new bracket thus disqualifying them for the higher benefits they now receive. Mr. Malloy put his signature on this hoping that low wage earners vote for him

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Darlene mariebalderacchi March 28 2014 at 8:59 AM

He wont be re-elected. If you know anything about CT. most jobs here will start you at $10.00 or more an hour anyway.

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LONNIE March 28 2014 at 9:38 AM

2017 huh? By then the cost of living will have gone up so much that you chuckleheads will be in the same position you are now. In the military we would get small 1% or so raises each year. Then the cost of uniforms and needed items would go up 5 to 10%. That is a negative raise. If this is the governors finest day he needs to get out more often. He pisses on their leg then swears it is raining. Anyone dumb enough to think this is a victory is just that including the governor and president. Which I am sure the president will try to use this as another accomplishment he has made.

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tommot42 March 28 2014 at 7:34 AM

I sure hope Social Security will be included in the epic move.

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Mitch tommot42 March 28 2014 at 8:43 AM

How so? Conn is a state. SS is a federal program. Is there something about that you don't get?

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Sondra March 28 2014 at 4:59 AM

This will hurt the middle class the most as these people will not receive an increase in their wages but will in turn have to pay more for goods. Businesses are in it to make money. When it is no longer profitable they will either increase prices, lay off employees or go out of business altogether. The people making minimum wage will stay constant... Still in poverty due to increased prices. Way to go. You've made a difference and not a good one. You've only made it harder for the ones that are paying for everything now as it is. Soon the incentive to work for the middle class will be gone too.

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Rod Sondra March 28 2014 at 5:30 AM

Profits & Productivity have been at an all time high goofy over last 30 yrs not just the last 5 - why do people like you try & spread the gloom & doom that the sky is falling especiially when the little guy who makes ones like you all this money but you never want it to trickle down to the 'makers' that right the 'makers' are the workers in America used to be businesses loved to share the wealth that there workers make them but since around '81 it all changed & we were made the suckers for all these lazy ass owners who took everything we worked so hard away from us ! THINGS WILL & ARE CHANGING & PEOPLE LIKE U BEST BE READY FOR THIS MIGHTY WIND THAT WILL BLOW ONES LIKE U RIGHT OUT OF THE PICTURE !

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suzze50 March 28 2014 at 4:52 AM

So much for staying in school and getting an education!!

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