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?
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 09:46 AM
if interested ck this out: http://publicintelligence.net/fusion-center-locations-revealed/
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 09:48 AM
J D C February 07, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I've been Indy my whole life. Its the American VALUES which make us unique and FREE imo. Our value system went in the toilet. Both parties THINK they know what our values are but how can that be when they don't agree on ANYTHING? They have sacrificed values to get a ONE UP on each other. They aren't PATRIOTS, they just want to be IN POWER! When you here them BOTH say "its only about winning ELECTIONS" we are in trouble. They should ALL be exiled.
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Well what you wrote might be true, but doesn't help the situation. Did you ck out the links above. It's pretty scary stuff. To join freedomworks, CCDL, even though you might not agree totally with any of these organizations either we stand of our bill of rights-amendments, constitution or we loose them. Numbers in these organizations and $$$ from members count. That's all I have to say on this subject unless some knucklehead decides to add their progressive 2 cents. But if we're to lose I rather lose or go down fighting for what I believe. My family will be proud that I tried.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Cheryl, whats the need for you to harangue me on WHAT WILL HELP and WHAT WONT HELP? You need to worry about recruiting those that DONT get it if you want to talk about "what will HELP". And go fight, after all isnt that what I said in the FIRST PLACE, revolution or bust?
Thomas Alegi February 07, 2014 at 10:53 AM
JDC, a Connecticut business woman phoned her accountant when she received a huge bill. “I’m shocked!” she complained. “This is three times what you normally charge.” “Yes, I know,” said the accountant. “But you yelled $10.10 so loud; you scared away all my business clients, they all went back to China.”
J D C February 07, 2014 at 10:58 AM
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 11:02 AM
lol or TX - JDC everyone counts there are 300+ million of us and 535+(not counting appointment, progressive orgs, all the minions,) of them. Can you imagine if all the ones that "get it" join for one common cause- saving the American way of life? Just think. We are gathering and more are getting it. Either we win or we loose. Like I said I rather go down fighting for what I believe.
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Why would you say - you don't count? That is such a defeatists attitude? Of course you count - 1 at a time, 1 day at a time equals many.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Now I see why there are only 1 million of you in 10 YEARS!
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:10 AM
My God. LOL
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:11 AM
You want to not LOSE btw.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Is the "Mayor of Fogarea" one of you? Or do you just donate money to him and his site The Blaze too?
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:19 AM
I'm sure we'll be able to absorb your members. The ones that WANT to fight, like you.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Ice time in MY YARD! Anybody wanna SKATE for FREE?
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Thomas do you like Jujubes, like at the movies? I always seem to have to have them near me for some reason.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Pass the Jujubes man. Cheech and Chongs fav too.
cheryl February 07, 2014 at 11:41 AM
You're dismissing the messenger? What about the message. That's what's important. I suggested you review 2 links, one from the blaze, one isn't. You choose to ridicule for some unknown reason. Close your mind, don't educate yourself and go ice skating.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Really, YOU or The mayor of FOGAREA can EDUMACATE me? To reply to your childish rant "GO ICE SKATING" here's one for you; put an egg in your shoe and beat it!
J D C February 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM
I dont think I've EVER seen anybody CONTINUE to badger someone that said 500 posts ago "I AGREE with you"!
J D C February 07, 2014 at 12:07 PM
NOW my ice. Rant ON
Thomas Alegi February 07, 2014 at 01:18 PM
JDC, admission to this movie is FREE, but the Jujubes cost $10.10 plus tax.------ Cheryl go to the Town Clerks office and get the paper work so you can run in the next town election as a write-in candidate for mayor. Next take a look at what it cost to run for political office in this town, a lot of money. Do you think the high cost to run for political office is kept high deliberately, so the average John and Jean can’t afford to run for political office? ------ Money makes Hamden go round. Northside Southside, money makes Hamden go round. Who’s got the money? Hamden’s Democrat Party, not John nor Jean! Money makes Hamden go round!
Thomas Alegi February 07, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Linda C, I’m sorry it took me so long honor your request. I think the below Hamden Town Charter section should answer your questions regarding Petition and Referenda......... SECTION 10-5: PETITION FOR BUDGET OVERRULE. --- A. The Town Budget Ordinance, except for fixing the tax rate, shall be subject to overrule. If within twenty (20) Days after Final Action on the budget as provided in § 10-4 of this Charter, a petition signed by not less than fifteen (15%) percent of the Electors of the Town, as determined from the last official voting list, is filed with the Town Clerk requesting a referendum, the Council shall, at its next regular meeting, fix a time not more than thirty (30) days after such meeting for such election, which shall be called and held in the manner provided by the General Statutes.--- (1) The Council may by a two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of those present and voting, add non binding referenda to be on the ballot of such election. --- (2) The budget so referred to the Electors of the Town shall stand approved unless a majority of those voting thereon at such election shall have voted "no" and at least twenty-five (25%) percent of the Electors entitled to vote on the question shall have voted. --- B. Temporary financing and spending shall be in accordance with the provisions of the General Statutes. --- C. Failure of the Overrule. In the event the conditions set forth in § 10-5.A (2) of this Charter are not achieved, the Final Action on the Adopted Town Budget shall be effective immediately as the Town Budget Ordinance, upon the certification of the election results. --- D. Success of the Overrule. In the event the conditions set forth in § 10-5.A (2) of this Charter are achieved, the Final Action on the Adopted Town Budget shall be null and void. Within fifteen (15) Days thereafter, the Legislative Council and the Mayor shall enact a Town Budget Ordinance in accordance with procedures which shall be established by Ordinance. The procedures shall include, at least one public hearing and, to the extent practicable, follow the process set forth in §§ 10-3 and 10-4 of this Charter along a compressed time-line; however, preserving the veto and override authority as herein set forth. Moreover, in formulating the Town Budget Ordinance, the Legislative Council and the Mayor shall take cognizance of the results of the budget overrule.
J D C February 07, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Thomas I second that nomination! $10.10 PLUS tax huh? I could have sworn they were a dime a dozen around here.............
J D C February 07, 2014 at 04:11 PM
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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