Labor Secretary, Senators Hear From Minimum Wage Workers

(Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – The Obama Adminstration’s call to hike the federal minimum wage came to Hartford today.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez heard from several minimum wage workers who told Perez raising a family on a minimum wage paycheck is near impossible and even a couple of dollars extra an hour would be a big help.

Perez and the state’s two U.S. senators held a roundtable discussion with the group.

The secretary argued against a Congressional Budget Office report that said an increase to $10.10 an hour would mean job cuts in the hundreds of thousands.

Perez says 600 economists including seven Nobel Laureates signed a letter saying the impact on job loss would be minimal is the federal minimum wage were hiked.

One former Hartford police officer now working a minimum wage job told the panel he often has to decide between putting gas in his car or buying milk for his kids.

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