Malloy: Connecticut ‘leading the nation’ on minimum wage

At a ceremony Thursday evening in New Britain, Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy signed legislation that will raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017.

That new rate is projected to be the highest minimum wage in the country by that time, although other state might enact wage increases over the next three years.

“We proved that it can be done, that you can make a difference for those who work so hard but who struggle at the end of the month to pay the bills,” said Senate President Don Williams at the signing ceremony.

Malloy brushed aside questions about the increase the new legislation has for tipped workers. The state’s restaurant association says that tipped workers–like waiters and waitresses–usually make much more than minimum wage.

Instead, Malloy said the minimum wage increase benefits people who are supporting their families on low salaries.

“This is important work that we’re doing,” Malloy said. “This is real leadership. This is Connecticut getting in front and leading the nation.”

$10.10 per hour is the rate that President Barack Obama has been pushing for in his effort to raise the federal minimum wage. Malloy has been one of the most outspoken supporters of Obama’s push. 

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Wes Duplantier

2 Responses

  1. joyce says:

    Malloy has devastated Ct. The only growth Malloy achieved was taxes and disappointment he is at governing this state. What incentives are there to live in Ct? Utilities, taxes, cost of living here has made Ct. an undesirable place to live. I can’t even think how I am going to manage paying for heating this winter, let alone being able to keep the lights on in my house. I haven’t gotten a raise for over 6 years as many people haven’t. The retail market is stagnant as I continue to see companies continue to go out of business in Ct. There is no financial stimulus due to the high cost to live here, lack of jobs and the inability of wages keeping up with imposed taxes and the cost to live in Ct. Gee thanx Malloy for yet another deadbeat Governor for Ct.

  2. David Cooper says:

    Gov. Malloy meant to say that Connecticut leads the Country in No Job Growth, Unaffordable Housing, and High Taxes! His record speaks for itself and Gov. Malloy offers no Real Solutions to the problems, he just caters to the ignorant with his foolish Political Acts to Further his Political Ambition. He ruined Stamford and now he is ruining the State of Connecticut!!