Jan 7, 2014
07:05 AM
Connecticut Politics

Connecticut Democrats Hammer Republicans on Minimum Wage

Connecticut Democrats Hammer Republicans on Minimum Wage

State Democrat's Graphic

The Connecticut Democratic Party is hammering Republican gubernatorial candidates on their position on the minimum wage, signaling that the party will make it an issue as election season ramps up. 

The state party is following the national Democratic Party in looking to seize on concerns about income inequality. 

State Democrats produced a graphic showing Republican candidates for governor and GOP chairman Jerry Labriola in snow suits.

“The Connecticut GOP is cold as Ice…” the graphic says, “…When it comes to their anti-working families records: against state minimum wage increases; against federal minimum wage increases; against paid sick leave.”

This is not the first time the Democrats have hammered Republican candidates for their opinions on the state’s minimum wage. Connecticut’s minimum wage increased from $8.25 to $8.70 Jan. 1. 

The Hartford Courant surveyed the candidates for governor on the issue, and none were publicly for it.

 "Standing against working families, downplaying their struggles, and demeaning workers for earning the minimum wage makes it crystal clear how out of touch the GOP candidates for governor are with what's important to Connecticut residents,"  Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo said in a statement.

The Hartford Courant spoke to Labriola: 

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola dismissed the Democrats' strategy as a "campaign tactic right out of the Obama/DNC playbook."

"But hopefully the voters will see through this,'' Labriola said. "With Connecticut's real unemployment rate at nearly 12 percent, one has to wonder how raising employers' costs will improve our hiring crisis. It will more likely result in greater automation and higher unemployment, especially at the entry level."


Connecticut Democrats Hammer Republicans on Minimum Wage

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