Dan Braccio of Bridgeport has an excellent letter to the editor in today’s CT Post:
“All of our state legislators, urban and suburban, should strongly support HB 5291, the minimum wage bill. It is urgent that this legislation get called for a vote in the state Senate and passed before the end of the legislative session next week.
“HB 5291 will not significantly jeopardize job creation in Connecticut. In fact, it will create jobs because all low-wage earners who are the main beneficiaries of this legislation will use the approximately $520 per year (25 cents per hour, eight hours per day, five days per week, 52 weeks per year) to purchase food and other necessary household goods.
“The current minimum wage adjusted for inflation has not kept pace with the Consumer Price Index. Raising the minimum wage will prevent low-wage earners from falling further into poverty and will reduce, however slightly, the income inequality gap in Connecticut, which is the highest in the nation.
“Bridgeport and other cities need the minimum-wage increase to prevent a further erosion of its tax base. If Bridgeport residents are being asked to pay more in taxes to support quality education reforms, they must have some assistance in this effort.
“We cannot kick this can down the road for another two years. Please contact your state representatives and ask them to call for a vote and support HB 5291, a no-risk solution to staving off greater income inequality in Connecticut for working families.”