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Malloy Signs Minimum Wage Bill Into Law, Again

by Christine Stuart | Mar 27, 2014 8:00pm
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Posted to: Jobs, Labor, New Britain

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is flanked by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Cafe Beauregard owners Rob Chiovoloni and Alice Bruno

It was a victory lap of sorts. On Thursday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy returned to Café Beauregard in New Britain, where he dined with President Barack Obama earlier this month, to sign a bill increasing Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

“We want to lead this discussion,” Malloy told a room of supporters.

The new law will raise the minimum wage to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015; to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016; and finally to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Connecticut was the first state to get the bill passed, which prompted a congratulatory phone call earlier in the day from Vice President Joe Biden, who thanked Malloy and key lawmakers for passing the legislation.

“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.”

Malloy said Connecticut has put a marker down and other states will follow.

Legislative Republicans and business groups criticized the increase which comes on the heels of an increase last year in the minimum wage which boosted it to $8.70 an hour this January and would have boost it to $9 an hour next January.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero said Wednesday that the legislature continues to send the state’s businesses mixed messages. He pointed to a vote last year to increase the minimum wage over two years.

“Folks we just did this a year ago. Did we get it wrong a year ago? Did we blow it?” he said.

What’s different today than one year ago?

“We created more than 22,000 private sector jobs. We’ve gone from being in a deficit situation to being in a surplus situation. We’ve gone from having no money in the rainy day fund to having hundreds of millions of dollars in the rainy day fund,” Malloy said. “This is part of a continuum to reach as many people as we can. To lift women out of poverty in our state.”

Would Connecticut even be considering increasing the minimum wage if it hadn’t been a presidential priority?

“Do I believe that $10.10 is the right number for us now? I believe the answer is yes,” Malloy said. “I believe the nation will adopt it eventually.”

He said that if U.S. Speaker John Boehner allowed the bill to be called on the floor of the House it would pass.

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posted by: StillRevolting | March 27, 2014  10:05pm

Oh good, another move toward the bottom for all of us while the existing bottom sees a small benefit that will soon be chewed up by another regressive tax bump, perhaps another few cents on the gas tax, or, the actual implementation of KENO. Either way, can we stop the absurd growth in Hartford please? It really hasn’t helped anyone and seems for all its Progressive intentions to just have slowed us all down.

posted by: art vandelay | March 28, 2014  12:16am

art vandelay

As much as I oppose this legislation on principle,  I have to commend the Democrats & Governor Malloy for a well orchestrated political move.  It sets the stage for the Democrats to win the Governor’s seat come November. This legislation plays directly into the hands of the progressives, union members, urban residents, & low information voters. If for some reason Malloy decides not to run, it puts him in an excellent position to join the Obama Administration in some large capacity.  The only thing the Republicans can do is stand and watch idly by.  They have no solid candidate, or constructive platform to win back the governorship let alone a majority in either the House or Senate. Former Governor Lowell Weicker is correct in stating that Connecticut IS a one party state.

posted by: art vandelay | March 28, 2014  8:01am

art vandelay

Update:  After watching Governor Malloy on Morning Joe this morning basking in his glory,  he did not correct any correspondent about his re-election intentions.  I’m also convinced he’s setting the stage for obtaining a MUCH higher office.  Let’s look at reality here.  Who’s a better candidate to continue the Obama agenda?  Biden?  No he’s made too many gaffe’s over the past 8 years.  Hillary?  Again too much baggage as Secretary of State.  She NEVER should have taken the position, but was forced to because of the massive debt she incurred during her unsuccessful run.  Malloy?  Excellent! Clean slate, no baggage and a resume which includes a governorship which is a BIG PLUS!

posted by: dano860 | March 28, 2014  8:30am

Art, you are correct. I’ve said Ct is a blue State for years. I often wonder what would we look like if the Republicans just rolled up camp and gave it all to the Democrats.
Things probably wouldn’t change much. They would spend less time in session and we could cut the support staff drastically. It could turn out to be a savings in the end.

posted by: Joebigjoe | March 28, 2014  9:08am

Art you make a good point and it makes me feel defeated.

Christine, thanks for the bumper sticker. Would putting it next to my NRA logo be a good move for the web site or will that attract alot more people like me?

posted by: jim black | March 28, 2014  9:12am

Now we can raise taxes again!!! Hooray! Malloy takes from private business, now he can take it away in taxes. Pretty much like his welfare vote buying scheme. Send out the welfare checks and return the money in taxes, lottery sales, cigarette taxes, casino revenue, and keno. The list goes on and on and on.

posted by: art vandelay | March 29, 2014  10:10am

art vandelay

@Dano860,
I have news for you.  The Republicans HAVE “rolled up camp”.  They HAVE given the state to the DEMOCRATS.  Democrats can do anything they want and are.

@Joebigjoe,

Conservatives in Connecticut ARE defeated.  I don’t see anyway Conservatives in this state can EVER become a majority. It’s tough running against Santa Claus.  He NEVER looses.  The way things are going, Connecticut will become the next Detroit.