September 4, 2018/Press Releases

Stefanowski: “I’m Against the Minimum Wage”

Hartford, CT – Over Labor Day weekend, Bob Stefanowski made it clear he doesn’t respect the work people do enough to support fair compensation.

He said: “I’m against the minimum wage.”

While Democrats are fighting to make sure that working families earn decent paychecks, Bob Stefanowski is against having a minimum wage altogether.

He went on to say: “I think it should be supply and demand. I’m a free-market guy.”

Here’s what it means for Connecticut:

  • Over 800,000 Connecticut workers are hourly workers.

  • 60% of working women in Connecticut are hourly workers.

  • A single mother in Connecticut is three times more likely to be an hourly worker.

  • Connecticut has the highest rate of income inequality in the country, with a ratio of 51 to 1 between the earnings of the top 1% and the rest of the state.

  • According to a 2015 study, Connecticut hourly workers would need to work 83 hours a week to earn a livable wage.

Bob Stefanowski has made it clear once again that he looks out for himself — and not for everyday people.

“We know about his reckless Kansas-style tax experiment for Connecticut…and we know his plan would slash education, raise health care costs, and increase property taxes. Otherwise, Bob Stefanowski has mostly been silent.

“Until now. And what he’s told Connecticut families in some of his first comments as the Republican nominee is that he’s against the minimum wage. Does he know that disproportionately affects women and people of color? Does he know Connecticut has the highest income inequality in the nation? Does he know how decent wages affect working families?

“His explanation is simple: he’s about ‘supply and demand’. That’s because he is taking a voodoo economics approach to the economy,” said Connecticut Democratic Party spokesperson Christina Polizzi.