For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Contact: Sam Quigley
Connecticut Business Leader and Patriotic Millionaires Praises CT $15 Minimum Wage
“As a business leader, I know from experience that paying employees a living wage leads to a happier workforce and better work.”
Hartford, CT – Today, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed a $15 minimum wage bill for his state into law. The law increases the state minimum wage by $1 every year starting in October, reaching $15 in 2023, and indexes it to inflation thereafter. In response, John Driscoll, CEO of Connecticut-based CareCentrix and Patriotic Millionaires member, issued the following statement:
“We applaud the state of Connecticut’s commitment to ensuring its workers can afford to live on their wages. Connecticut joins a growing number of states with $15 minimum wage laws. Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage has languished at $7.25 for 10 years. The minimum wage used to be a ticket to a middle-class life, but today hardworking wage earners struggle to pay for their basic needs. Congress must raise the minimum wage to restore fairness and dignity to work.
With fairer wages, employees win, but so do all of us. As a business leader, I know from experience that paying employees a living wage leads to a happier workforce and better work. When workers’ paychecks buy more than bare subsistence, they can engage more effectively at work. With fairer wages, we can create the kind of homegrown economic development we need. While our nation’s challenges require many solutions, paying fair wages is the least we can do. Wage earners should not have to suffer to succeed in the American economy.”
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