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Patch's Poll: Should The State's Minimum Wage Be Increased?

Last week an increase in the minimum wage from $8.25/hour was approved by a legislative committee. Do you agree with the proposal to raise the rate $1 over the next two years?

A legislative committee has voted to raise Connecticut's minimum wage by $1 an hour over the next two years, NBC Connecticut reported.

Under the plan, the current $8.25 wage rate would go up to $8.75 effective Jan. 1, 2013. It would go to $9.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2014.

The bill passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee and now goes to the House of Representatives.

Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, said she does not support the proposal and she has recommended to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that he reject the bill, according to the Republican-American.

What do you think? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

janis albamonti April 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
You don't have to counter my point sir, it is how I feel about the question asked.
Steve Bristol April 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Janis I only did to answer with some facts. It wasn't to be mean or to imply that you weren't entitled to that opinion. I'm not unsympathetic to the plight of the less well off. We aren't scraping by but my family's income has dropped each of the past 3 years fairly considerably. I am no longer able to work, which caused other issues. We have a son in his first year of college. It was also to counter Ms. Clay's points. I see all the people lined up at the church by Pierson; it's not a good thing. I wish you well. Steve
janis albamonti April 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Steve, here is hoping that when your son graduates, he gets a job. A job that pays far more than minimum wage as he will be spending many years trying to pay back loans. I wish him much luck. I suppose I am just disappointed in some of the reactions to this question. Just my own personal feelings.
katie hughes April 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Perhaps a tiered approach is in order. I hire quite a few kids entering the work place, and while they work really hard to earn their pay, we work really hard trying to teach them the basics. In our small business, we use about 1500 labor hours a month. If you said I needed to come up with $1500 dollars more a month, I could not. (certainly not everyone is at minimum wage, but when the minimum wage goes up, everyone else usually gets a pay increase pretty quickly too, in the spirit of fairness.) Perhaps the minimum wage for someone who has not been in the work force for two years or more should be less than someone who has.
C.J.Boa April 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM
So they can move to another state with the jobs

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