Malloy Pushing for $10.10 Minimum Wage in CT

The state's congressional delegation and the largest union praise the plan, but two Republican candidates for governor say it's politically motivated.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Credit: Patch File Photo
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Credit: Patch File Photo
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy fell into lockstep with President Barack Obama this week in pitching a proposal that will increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10.

Under a proposal Malloy announced Tuesday, Connecticut's minimum wage would gradually increase to that number — the same one Obama is pushing for at the federal level — by Jan. 1, 2017. If approved, the state would have the highest minimum wage in the nation.

Malloy, a Democrat, announced his proposal during a press conference Tuesday in Bridgeport, the state's most populated city.

“There is a debate happening across our country on how to tackle the growing income inequality that is detrimental to our middle class families and to our economy," Malloy said. "Part of tackling that critically important challenge is making sure that we recognize that a good and decent wage is good for workers and good for business.”  

"When workers earn more money, businesses will have more customers," he continued. "This modest boost will help those earning the least to make ends meet.”

According to information included in Malloy's proposal, out of Connecticut’s workforce of 1.7 million people, it is estimated that there are currently 70,000 to 90,000 workers who earn the minimum wage. 

"The Governor’s proposal means that an employee working 40-hours per week would earn $21,008 per year," a press release announcing the proposal states. "Currently, the federal poverty guideline for a family of four is $23,850."

Just last year Malloy signed legislation that pushed the state's minimum wage to $8.70 this month and up to $9 next January. His new plan would put next January's target at $9.15 and then add a 45-cent increase, to $9.60, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, followed by a 50-cent increase to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Support for the Proposal

Connecticut's Congressional delegation — all Democrats — praised Malloy's proposal. The state's largest union, Council 4 AFSCME, also threw its support behind the plan.

“With Congress paralyzed, Council 4 members are pleased to see Governor Malloy answering the President’s call for states to lead on the minimum wage issue,” said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano. “This is important both to reduce our state’s income gap — the 2nd largest in the nation — and to retain young workers who are on the verge of leaving the state because wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living. We ask the Legislature not to delay but to take this issue up quickly and raise the minimum wage."

Republicans: Proposal is Politically Motivated

Two Republicans in the state — who have launched campaigns for governor — are saying Malloy's proposal seems to be politically motivated during an election year. Malloy has not announced whether he will seek re-election.

One, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-28), told the news website CT Mirror: "This will hurt small business owners and cost jobs.”

"The issue of income disparity is real, but that is due to our lack of vision and job training and our unfriendly business environment," the other, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, said in the Mirror's article.

Malloy shot right back. "What it should look like is I'm doing the right thing," he told the Mirror.

What do you think?
J D C February 07, 2014 at 04:13 PM
I wonder if Jax will rent out the Zamboni for $10.10 an hour? I need it for the back yard.
Len February 07, 2014 at 04:18 PM
He cant!! He gave away our ice rink to some bullshit management company so he can save a few bucks to buy us all trash cans! Now the management company figured out how to make a profit. Ask them
Thomas Alegi February 07, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Len, no need to figure out how the ice rink management company is making money, it's called capitalism
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Private sector not public . they borrow, tax, and print for their money. Never earn unless they take it in those 3 ways. Capitalism America's best experiment. It works. By the way who wants the job of public office. I work instead of living off my neighbors.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 06:30 PM
THATS right I forgot that happened! Been awhile since mine played I guess. I'll call Sean myself, he's a businessman he'll want to make the money. Jax would have told me "sorry, its ONLY for the taxpayers use", and I would have said "but I am" and he would have said "well, I meant the ones that USE the rink" and I would have said "but why", and he would have said "its in the "CHARTER" and I would have said "can I see where it says that" and he whs, "we misplaced it, DIDNT we Curt"?


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