Minimum wage should be $45 per hour? – Democrat Ladies Convention

I am woman, hear me roar!

Ten bucks an hour won’t cut it.

HARTFORD — There are five distinct geographic and income sectors in Connecticut, but the minimum wage is inadequate for residents in all of them, according to a survey of basic fiscal security released Tuesday by the state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. ($600,000 per year for this important group and, with Governor Rell gone, probably headed back to the $1.2 million it used to spend).

The soaring cost of child care prevents many families from building the assets that parents may need to support them in medical emergencies, unemployment and, eventually, retirement, the report said.

Among its findings:

In “wealthy” Connecticut towns, including Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Ridgefield, New Canaan and Easton, a family of four with two working parents needs to make $96,432 a year.

In the “urban periphery” of Danbury, Ansonia, Norwalk, Seymour, Stamford, Stratford and Milford, four-member households need $82,536 to make ends meet.

In “urban core” cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford and West Haven, families of four need $81,240.

Suburbs, including Bethel, Brookfield, Fairfield, Monroe, New Fairfield, Newtown, Orange, Oxford, Redding and Shelton, require joint incomes of $81,168. Rural communities require nearly $73,000 for housing, food, transportation, utilities, child care, health care and other expenses.

The ladies insist that they aren’t advocating policy and no wonder – there just aren’t enough wealthy Greenwich residents to tax, even at 100%, to eliminate this shortfall. But never forget that old Russian saying and the Democrat’s motto, “better I should have no cow than my neighbor have two”.

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  1. Al Dente

    It seems to me that any commission whose name begins with “permanent” will have no desire to cure whatever they are charged with curing.

  2. Anon

    Since when does a person need more money to live in Ansonia than Redding or Fairfield?