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Westport's Take on Minimum Wage
Recent study says Connecticut voters largely support the hike. Westport residents tell me why.
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Westport, CT | Added on March 07, 2014 At 01:57 PM

President Obama's minimum wage hike has big approval from Connecticut voters.  In fact a recent study says around 70 percent support the measure.  And, here in Westport, many think it is a good idea.

 "If you survey the businesses around here, many would say they want the minimum wage to increase," said resident Sal Liccione, also a member on the town's Democratic Committee.  "10.10 is really not that much," he continued. 

That's just one of the voices I heard today.  Liccione says the eight dollars an hour wage right now is unrealistic.

"In Connecticut you have a high cost of living," he said.

Now - the state government already approved a wage hike this year that will boost the minimum wage to nine dollars an hour.  President Obama's proposal would add another dollar and ten cents to that.

"Too many Americans are working harder than ever just to keep up," said President Obama during a speech earlier this week regarding the topic.

"We've always felt that our employees aren't minimum wage people," said small business owner Steve Silver.

Silver already pays his workers above the minimum wage mark, and he says it has its benefits.  His workers have stayed with him for years.

"We care.  We care about them, they care about me.  And I don't think that's a minimum thing at all," he said.

And across Connecticut that sentiment is largely the same.  In a poll released by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday, seventy-one percent are in support of the hike; many of whom are women and Democrats.

 


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