BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — If Governor Malloy has his way, Connecticut workers will have the highest minimum wage in the nation by 2017.
But will the governor’s latest proposal face any hurdles in the General Assembly.
It is unlikely to face any real opposition. The Democratic leadership of the Assembly has been talking about the minimum wage ever since it went up just 32 days ago.
At the state’s fourteen job centers like this one in Bridgeport, there are always a lot of people looking for work.
The unemployment rate in the Park City is just over 10 percent.
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“I’ve been out of work since July and I would take a minimum wage job, but it would depend on what type of job it is,” said Ronald Winstead, Bridgeport.
“Yes, I would be willing to take a minimum wage job…I’ve been looking for work for about five to six months,” said Laquita Boles, Bridgeport.
“It is apparent that the American people overwhelmingly support a minimum wage increase to $10.10. All surveys indicate that,” said Malloy.
The Governor came to Bridgeport to announce that he believes the recent hike in the minimum wage is not enough.
Connecticut’s minimum wage was just bumped up from 8.25 to 8.70 the first of the year, the current law will boost it again next January to and even $9.
“The economy is getting stronger…corporate profits, in many industries, are at record highs,” said Malloy.
Under Malloy’s plan; the minimum wage would go to $9.15 next January, $9.60 in January of 2016 and to $10.10 an hour the year after.
Of the 1.7 million people in Connecticut that have jobs, it is estimated that between 70,000 and 90,000 are working for minimum wage and that less than 20 percent of those people are teenagers. The rest are adults supporting families.
“I think that’s great. I think that’s awesome,” said Boles.
“I think that’s great, we could use that….some jobs…you be working like minimum wage and don’t even know it, but this would be great for people,” said Winstead.
Malloy says this is not about lining up votes in this fall’s election.
“I will vote for him, yeah, if it goes through, yeah,” said Winstead.
“Whether he does it or not, he probably has his votes already,” said Boles. When asked does he have yours, Boles said,”yes.”
Republicans say this is bad for small business and will hurt job creation.
Democrats from the President on down have been reading the tea leaves on hiking the minimum wage say it’s popular with voters and are pushing this issue nationwide in advance of this fall’s elections.