Connecticut Democrats are all aboard the tax-and-spend express, and state representative Lucy Dathan has enthusiastically donned her conductor’s cap. She voted in favor of an 11% pay raise for assistant attorneys general. The vote followed whining by union leaders that wages have effectively decreased because assistant attorneys general now contribute more towards the cost of their benefits. In effect, Dathan and her colleagues propose to tax private employees even more to raise pay for government employees at a rate faster than private employees can obtain. All this in order to compensate those government employees for bearing benefit costs that private employees have borne for many years.
Meanwhile, Democrats including Dathan have sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, regardless of skill, training, education, or supply of competent workers. If approved, the increase will serve to diminish the already paltry spending power enjoyed by what remains of the Connecticut middle class. So a middle class private employee will see less money in her pocket each month after paying taxes to give her government colleagues a raise she is not getting, and the little money she still has will buy even less than it does now.
Memo to Lucy: Party bosses in Hartford didn’t elect you; voters in your district did.