House OKs Increase In Minimum Wage

House OKs Increase In Minimum Wage

There are 19 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 23, 2008, titled House OKs Increase In Minimum Wage. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Connecticut's minimum wage would increase by 35 cents to $8 an hour Jan. 1 under legislation passed Tuesday on nearly a party-line vote by the House.

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Kernal

United States

#1 Apr 23, 2008
time to drive more people out of the work force, close more business and slip further into depair, good move, hey any room left at the trough?
Richard

United States

#2 Apr 23, 2008
like there's not enough inflation in the ecomomy, lets drive prices and unemployment up. Minimum wage is suposed to be a starting wage not a living wage. Good-by dollar menu, welcome the $5.00 menu.
Matt

Ansonia, CT

#3 Apr 23, 2008
This legislature is ridiculous. Given their yearly unconstitutional interference with the business community, I'm amazed anyone still owns and runs a small business in CT.

What's really sad is that the general populace either ignores the situation or gladly boards the Big Government Express train to communism.

Which, I suppose, could mean that the legislature is simply acting upon the will of the people, which is really sad because it makes CT just another United States Socialist Republic, joining the likes of MA, RI, NY, CA, OR, WA, and a whole host of others.

Little did we know back in the late 1980's that when we toppled the U.S.S.R., we became infected with the communism virus and brought it back here to multiply exponentially and virtually unchecked.

Aren't we the lucky ones.
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#4 Apr 23, 2008
I think they should make the minimum wage a million trillion bucks an hour, so we could all be rich!

How stupid is this idea?
MeansMoreTaxHike s

United States

#5 Apr 23, 2008
This only means a rise in taxes for us the little people. The politicians have no clue whats going on. I guess they haven't been driving around the city streets and noticing the for sale signs on homes. People arent leaving because of the min wage they are leaving because the state of CT is a money sucking leech,pork spending and out of control taxes are why CT is losing citizens. The casinos hire all the foriegners from new york city, the money they make does not go back into this states economy, but back to new york where they are bussed in from. Even the casinos are feeling a pinch with revenue. And the DEMS just keep on raising taxes and the voters just keep electing then back in. Raising Min wage will not solve the problem. And the continuous kikes in our Taxes will only drive more citizens away from CT.
Gadfly

Hartford, CT

#6 Apr 23, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
I think they should make the minimum wage a million trillion bucks an hour, so we could all be rich!
How stupid is this idea?
This will help the black market for illegal laborers. The human traffickers/coyotes have to love this.

A bunch of pimply faced American kids trying to save for college are going to be scratching their heads wondering why they were just laid off.
gloria c

Moodus, CT

#7 Apr 23, 2008
I would love to see Gov. Rell and her associates try to live on minimum wage income. I assure you, the Connecticut River would overflow its banks with their tears.
Soldier of Fortune

United States

#8 Apr 23, 2008
"Rep. Bruce "Zeke" Zalaski, D-Southington, vice chairman of the labor committee, said the raise was a reasonable and necessary effort to help low-wage workers. He said 67,000 workers are paid the minimum wage in Connecticut; 67 percent of them are women."

Not to get anyone else fired up, by no means, but...

...How many of these low-wage workers are here "LEGALLY"?

And what percentage have their hands out with palms facing upward?

Just a thought.

Since: Mar 08

Meriden, CT

#9 Apr 23, 2008
Psst. Hey Legislators, in case you didn't know, we are in a "recession", and raising the minimum wage is like putting gasoline on the raging fires of inflation
Daniel Shays

Newington, CT

#10 Apr 23, 2008
gloria c wrote:
I would love to see Gov. Rell and her associates try to live on minimum wage income. I assure you, the Connecticut River would overflow its banks with their tears.
I guess it's a good thing they all went to college. Now they don't have to live on minimum wage.
The iceman

South Windsor, CT

#11 Apr 23, 2008
Thankyou master iz work harder fer u
Corrupticut

United States

#12 Apr 23, 2008
Do you really want to know how bad the elected officials and certain state workers are in Connecticut?

Check it out:

http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news5214.html
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#13 Apr 23, 2008
gloria c wrote:
I would love to see Gov. Rell and her associates try to live on minimum wage income. I assure you, the Connecticut River would overflow its banks with their tears.
Nice fallacy. Anyone who gets minimum wage past age 19 is a loser, and deserves to be stuck on the bottom rung of the ladder. Lazy bastages.

See, Rell did what most people with average or beter intelligence does,she went out and helped herself to a bettter life by putting in some EFFORT, not sitting home on an obese butt, whining about how bad things are while popping fistfuls of bonbons, paid for by hard working taxpayers, while watching Oprah.
Matt

Ansonia, CT

#14 Apr 23, 2008
Corrupticut wrote:
Do you really want to know how bad the elected officials and certain state workers are in Connecticut?
Check it out:
http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news5214.html
Damn, that's bad. We're probably not getting the full story, but still....

I sure as hell hope they're working their butts off Mon. thru Thurs., but it still sounds like a cushy gig.

And then when they retire, we get saddled with their pensions & healthcare. Woo hoo!!!
Uphold the Law

Harwinton, CT

#15 Apr 23, 2008
Better Yet Connecticut!!!! Then the mandatory sick time they want to foist on the businesses too. The blue state mentality is probably a good analogy. The state is suffocating our business owners.
Patrick

West Hartford, CT

#16 Apr 23, 2008
I'll say it again... go ahead and raise the minimum wage. I'll just fire one or two people to make up the difference.
GOoPed on

United States

#17 Apr 26, 2008
Boy you people are freaking idiots.

Did any of you morons even do the math?

A $.35 increase in hourly wages equals an additional $14 per week for a full time employee working 40 hrs.

$14 DOLLARS MORE A WEEK!!!

or $728 more a year.

If businesses can't absorb an additional $14 a week per full time employee, then they don't deserve to be in business.
Richard

United States

#18 Apr 29, 2008
GOoPed on wrote:
Boy you people are freaking idiots.
Did any of you morons even do the math?
A $.35 increase in hourly wages equals an additional $14 per week for a full time employee working 40 hrs.
$14 DOLLARS MORE A WEEK!!!
or $728 more a year.
If businesses can't absorb an additional $14 a week per full time employee, then they don't deserve to be in business.
don't forget the increase in taxes the business has to pay for employing you. Also, most small businesses hires more than 1 person. So according to your math, how many employees can a business have before they have to fire 1 employee to keep prices the same. Plus how do get someone(who is too lazy to advance himself out of a minimum wage job), to do more work than they did before?

I repeat again, minimum wage is a starting wage not a living wage. If you are still earning minimum wage after 6 months, you should find a new employer.That is your responsibility, not the government's.
say the truth

Windsor, CT

#19 Apr 29, 2008
The minimum wage keeps people out of the work force. Some people aren't worth that much for jobs where the employer has to train them.

Raising the minimum wage is a dumb idea. Brought to you by Democrats, of course.

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