BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Malloy’s high flying trip to Washington was the talk of a chamber of commerce meeting in Bridgeport Tuesday. But his and the President’s push for a hike in the minimum wage was not well received.
The President and Governor Malloy and just about every Democrat in between thinks hiking the minimum wage is the issue that will resonate well in the elections this fall, but in the business community not so much.
The crowd was all abuzz when the Governor arrived for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council luncheon talking about his weekend appearances on some of the national cable news talk shows and his verbal jousting over hiking the minimum wage with Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal outside the White House Monday.
Jousting that continued Tuesday on twitter with Jindal saying “We don’t have kings in the U.S. We have (the) right to disagree with the policies of President Obama.”
To which Malloy responded; “When it comes to lifting people out of poverty, there should be no disagreement, raise the wage equals fewer people in poverty.”
Jindal shot back with; “Fewer people in poverty? The Congressional Budget Office says it will cost 500,000 people their jobs. We can do better than Obama’s minimum wage economy.”
But it appears that the majority of this group agrees with the Governor of Louisiana not Malloy.
This board of this business group just voted 29 to 8 against Malloy’s plan to raise the minimum wage.
“The business community, at least as reflected by our board, thinks that raising the minimum wage is actually a job killer and not a job creator,” said Paul Timpanelli, Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
And many people there Tuesday appeared to agree with with their board’s decision.
“By increasing the minimum wage, which was never designed to support a family, more of an entry level type position, it’s going to eliminate more of those jobs,” said Scott Zakos, Real Estate Broker.
Only members of the chamber representing social service agencies appeared to agree with Malloy.
“Families are struggling, you have parents working two, three jobs…just to make ends meet,” said Carolyn Vermont, Youth Trainer.
When the Governor was informed about the vote of the board, this was his reaction:
“It tells me that (those) people are making a lot more than $404 a week (and) don’t think that other people should make $404 …that’s what it tells me,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut. “Listen, I don’t want to say that they’re out of touch.”
The Governor did say that he believed the only people at that event today making minimum wage were the people waiting on the tables.
One of them said ” it’s long overdue.”