Malloy Meets With Obama On Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy joins other Democratic state chief executives in a White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy joins other Democratic state chief executives in a White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday. Photo Credit: Official White House photo by David Lienemann

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- As part of his push to raise the minimum wage in Connecticut to $10.10 per hour by 2017, Gov. Dannel Malloy headed Friday to the White House for a summit with other governors on their efforts.

Malloy, along with five other governors who are also pushing for minimum wage increases, met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.  

“Many of the governors in this room are pushing to raise their state’s minimum wages to benefit more working families and help to grow their economies,” said Obama, according to a statement on the White House website. The assembled Democratic governors "all focused on this in their State of the State addresses.”

Joining Malloy were Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Maryland Gov. Joseph O’Malley, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, all Democrats.  

The governors also met with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) , Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, and others to discuss state-level efforts to raise the minimum wage. (Photo above.)

"Today we did bring Democratic governors to the White House to spend some time talking about a couple of issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies and, I think, to the country," Obama said. "And one of those is the issue of minimum wage and what we can do to give America a raise."

Earlier this month, Malloy unveiled his plan to introduce a bill to steadily increase the minimum wage in Connecticut to $10.10 per hour by 2017. He reiterated that call in his State of the State address. The increase would give Connecticut the highest minimum wage in the nation.

Obama and congressional leaders are leading a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage to that same amount.

“For too long, the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living," Malloy said at the time. "When workers earn more money, businesses will have more customers. This modest boost will help those earning the least to make ends meet.”

Malloy and his wife, Cathy, along with the other governors and their spouses will join the president and Michelle Obama at the annual Governors’ Reception and dinner in Washington, D.C.

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The government document does not state what you claim.. You lied and you got caught

i cut and paste from the document. are you saying the CBO site was hacked or are you simply that dense?

look, if you want to kill 500k jobs, go for it....the CBO simply put forth the consequences in easy to understand (except for you, apparently) language.

explain which word in their summary says that there will be an increase in jobs?

"Once fully implemented in the second half of
2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment
by about 500,000 workers"

3.132,000 new jobs could be created
If the increase in economic activity reached $15.2 billion, retailers would need 132,000 new employees.

Here is what the document actually says

is that all you have for a dozen posts calling me a liar?

sure, some jobs will be created with added disposable income and activity, but far MORE jobs will be LOST due to employers laying people off to pay the remaining workers more. the net figure is a LOSS of 500,000 jobs.

the min wage increase results in a net loss of 500k jobs.

do you not get that?

No where in the CBO Report does it say 500000 jobs will be lost.. That is a lie you fabricated...

Robby: Page 5. look it up. i've linked to it. i've cut and paste the language. there's not much more i can do. you lefties are a sad group.


Please stop posting that lie over and over again.

the only lie is that coming from you (and your various, impostor screen names)

again, it's 100% accurate cut and paste, with associated URL link and page number at the Congressional Budget Office. 100% airtight. unlike your drivel.

America is going to "give itself a raise"! Why didn't we think of this before? I think a Nobel in Economics is going to come out of this one! Actually, Malloy is probably feathering his own nest, as he is going to be looking for a job at Dutchess or Mickey D's after the next election.

here's the link, democrats. (if you're not too lazy to do your own reading)

the $10.10 option will kill 500,000 jobs according to the CBO. see pg 5

mary jane, you're helpless.

google it yourself.
the truth is right in front of you....but you CHOOSE not to see it.

6 Ways A $12 Minimum Wage Would Help The Economy
Here are some key takeaways from the report:
1.More than 700,000 American workers would be lifted out of poverty
More than 1 million retail workers and their family members live in or close to poverty. By raising the minimum wage of full-time workers to the equivalent of $12.25 per hour, 734,075 people would be lifted out of poverty and an additional 769,191 people living near the poverty line would see their incomes rise to more than 150 percent above the poverty line.
2.GDP would rise by as much as $15.2 billion
A wage increase to $12.25 an hour would impact more than 5 million workers and their families. As these families have access to more money, they will spend more, translating to as much as $15.2 billion in new economic activity, according to Demos.

3.132,000 new jobs could be created
If the increase in economic activity reached $15.2 billion, retailers would need 132,000 new employees.

4.The wage increase would actually only cost retailers about 1 percent of total sales
Large retailers would need to absorb the higher labor cost for the 3.5 million workers earning less than $12.25 per hour. But according to Demos, most of this increase in costs would be returned to the firm in the form of productivity gains and increased revenues, amounting to only 1 percent of their total yearly sales.

5.It would generate as much as $5 billion in additional retail revenue
In fact, assuming that low-income families spend rather than save the money from the wage increase, retailers could expect at least 20 cents in new revenue for every additional payroll dollar. That would have added up to as much as $5 billion in 2012.

6.The average shopper would pay just 15 cents more per shopping trip at most
Even if the nation's largest retailers decided to pass off the cost of a $12.25 minimum wage increase entirely to customers, Demos found that an average household would spend just 7 to 15 cents more per shopping trip.

6 great ways the increase in the minimum wage is going to be good for the people and the economy

From the [non partisan] Congressional Budget Office.
(btw, the democrats in the meeting KNOW this and STILL push for 500,000 fewer people in the workforce...)

"Once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent, CBO projects. As with any such estimates, however, the actual losses could be smaller or larger; in CBO’s assessment, there is about a two-thirds chance that the effect would be in the range between a very slight reduction in employment and a reduction in employment of 1.0 million workers.
-- Congressional Budget Office: The Effect of a Minimum Wage Increase "

That is not from Congressional Budget Office.. You made up that lie as the Congressional Budget Office never once said that..Why is it you right winger are always dishonest????

see page 5. i'll wait for your apology.

Without question this is the right move for the economy and the people of Ct.

Yet another imposter above who copies usernames. typical liberal....too bad the DailyVoice doesnt care...

if raising the min wage is "the right move for the economy", why stop at $10? why not $20 or $50. or $100? let's get the economy moving. let's make it $200/hr. please let us know your thoughts, impostor.

Stop making a fool of yourself. No one is suggesting raising it to 200 per hour. What the educated ones are suggesting is a fair livable wage. You seem to be a right wing wacko that has an issues with facts,

it's intentional hyperbole, try to keep up. the question remains. if $10 is "good for the economy" why isnt $15? isnt $15 better than $10?

isnt $25 better than $15....?
isnt $50 better than $25? going to $200, you're forced to answer the question - but you cant.

actually 20 to 25 would be better...thanks for agreeing

How does it feel to look like a fool/

you're writing as an impostor....intentionally stealing another's screenname and asking "how does it feel to look like a fool?"

the irony is thick. And so, too, must you be to continue to post under false pretense.

What is it with the right wingers with the same old same old talking points that have been proven wrong time again. They are a sad uneducated group.
I would like a buck for every time they use the propaganda talking redistributing income. Raising the minimum wage is the right thing for the people and the right thing for the economy.

Norwalk, you are welcome to your own delusions. Either refute the economics of capital and labor I put forth....or get an economics book and read it. Good luck with it all.

Thank you for putting forth intelligent facts. Unfortunately it is hopeless to think that most people on this site will actually read and understand what you are saying; but nice try!

What you put forth is an outright lie. The only way to refute an outright lie/fabrication is to call it out for what it is a lie. Now have another sip of the right wing kook aid.

You know, we're sick and tired of you ignorant people merely calling us names and believing that to be a response. You refuse to debate conservatives on economic principles, political philosophy, or historical analysis. It's simple economics that if you raise the price of something (wages for labor) you will get less of it (numbers of people working on the lower rungs). Plus, the more expensive labor becomes, the more feasible it is for machines to replace labor. Tell us all you really don't understand that concept.

Minimum wage jobs are just for starting out and not "careers". You get experience and move up the ladder. Minimum range wages are not for raising families, yet the "kool aid" drinkers continue to repeat the mantra that it's so.

Please explain the economic theory and logic that says raising the minimum wage increases job opportunities. Tell us how that works, because you'll be the first - no one from President Obama on down has bothered to explain that.

We are sick and tired of you right wing wackos with your lies and propaganda...

Bob is correct.

further, if a minimum wage was good for the economy, why stop at $10. Why not $20 or $50. heck, why not $100/hr. and a free mercedes to go with it?

we all want people to succeed, but tinkering with market forces is not what made this country great....and is not the answer. it works for some on the backs of others (who will lose their jobs)....and the people in this meeting KNOW that it doesnt work. In the mid to long term it hurts the very people the policy intends to help.

fact is, this is purely for political reasons...

Pure demagoguery. All they're doing is redistributing income from one set of low income workers (who are about to lose their jobs because their work doesn't warrant the new pay scale) to other low income workers who manage to hold onto their jobs. A simple fact of microeconomics - when you make labor more expensive to the firm, the substitution of capital for labor becomes more feasible. If we don't stop these people, the ruling class will turn us all into their serfs in ten years.............

Excellent move