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Rep. Josh Elliott, champion of the $15 minimum wage, pays employees $10.50 per hour
Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, is an outspoken proponent of increasing Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15, going so far as to grade fellow House Democrats on whether or not they support the increase.
There’s only one problem: Elliott doesn’t pay his own employees $15 per hour.
Elliott owns two health food stores — Thyme and Season in Hamden and The Common Bond Market in Shelton.
The Common Bond’s Facebook page says the store is seeking a “Deli Team Member,” and the position pays $10.50 per hour.
The advertisement was posted on March 15 in the middle of a short but heated legislative session in which Elliott and union leaders pushed to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
On his Connecticut House Democrats webpage Elliott says he is fighting for a $15 minimum wage because “We cannot expect Connecticut residents to support themselves in a high-cost state when a full-time, minimum-wage job pays barely over $20,000 per year.”
Elliott’s push for the wage increase — which was eventually scaled back to $12 per hour — led to a heated exchange between him and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, when the legislature ran out of time for debate and tabled the minimum wage increase.
Business owners and associations — particularly the restaurant industry — say a $15 minimum wage would dramatically increase their labor costs and potentially cause them to close stores.
This year, the bill to raise the minimum wage came with a hefty fiscal note for the state, as well. Increasing the minimum wage to only $13.50 per hour would cost Connecticut taxpayers $65 million more per year.
Elliott was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 with the backing of the Working Families Party — a union funded organization which advocates for far-left policies.
In April, Elliott organized a press conference to announce the formation of a progressive caucus in the House of Representatives.
Elliott was joined by 30 other representatives including Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, James Albis, D-East Haven, and Mike D-Agostino, D-Hamden.
During the press conference, the progressive caucus indicated that increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour was one of their top priorities.
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