March 28 - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signs into law a measure to phase in the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state, in line with a push by Democrats nationwide to raise the entry-level wage. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Connecticut has become the first state to pass the $10.10 minimum wage law touted by President Obama. Governor Dannel Malloy signed the controversial legislation Thursday evening. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE SENATOR BETH BYE (D-WEST HARTFORD): "This is really important, because right now when people make too little, they depend on state resources. And we're covering with healthcare, food, and helping families get by." But critics fear that raising the minimum wage is bad for the economy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE SENATOR LEN FASANO (R-NORTH HAVEN): "Now you've got your social security, you've got your unemployment, you have your worker's comp, all of which is predicated upon the wages that you pay. When you add that all up - to small businesses, this could be very devastating." Democrats are pushing for the minimum wage to be raised nationwide, but have failed to win Republican support. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "It's time to give America a raise." Similar measures are being considered in other states, such as Maryland and Massachusetts.