Lawmakers meet to discuss minimum wage veto

06/23/2008 | Hartford Courant (Conn.), The

Connecticut lawmakers are meeting in a special session today to discuss Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto of a 35 cent minimum-wage raise. While many businesses are increasing wages on their own -- many by about 25 cents an hour -- the business community generally denounces a mandated increase now while energy and gasoline prices are spiraling. "If you talk to most small business owners, they already pay above minimum wage," said Andy Markowski, Connecticut state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

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