Police Staffing & Minimum Wage Hearings
The legislature’s Public Safety Commitee will hear testimony Tuesday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to end a state mandate that requires the Connecticut State Police to have a minimum of 1,248 troopers.
The minimum staffing level was imposed in 1998, but has never been met and the Malloy administration maintains that it’s “arbitrary.”
However, the head of the state police union says it should be independently studied. The union recently received a favorable ruling from a Superior Court judge who agreed the current law is a requirement.
Click here to read our previous report on the issue.
The public hearing will be held at 11 p.m. by the Public Safety Committee in room 2E of the Legislative Office Building.
Later in the afternoon the Labor and Public Employees Committee will hear testimony of the Democratic majority’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour this year, and $9.75 next year.
After that the wage would rise automatically as the Consumer Price Index rises, according to House Speaker Chris Donovan.
The bill would also eliminate the tip credit, which is the $5.69 per hour paid to restaurant servers who receive tips.
The Connecticut Restaurant Association is opposing the bill because it claims that if you have 20 servers who work a total of 24 hours a week then restaurants will have to pay $100,000 more per year in order to meet salary and that’s before taxes. Eliminating the tip credit would mean an automatic $4.06 per hour wage increase for servers, but will likely put some restaurants out of business.
The bill also makes sweeping changes to the penalties for failure to pay minimum wage. The penalty would increase from twice the amount to triple the amount and would not include wages already paid.
The penalty would increase from twice the amount to triple and would not provide an offset for wages already paid.
Click here to read our previous report.
The public hearing will be held 2 p.m. in room 1B of the legislative office building.
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