Minimum Wage Hike Up for a Vote In Appropriations Committee Today

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A bill to raise Connecticut\’s minimum wage is scheduled to come up for a vote in the legislature\’s appropriations committee this afternoon.

The measure,which cleared the labor committee last month, would increase the hourly minimum wage by 50 cents in each of the next two years.

The labor committee tweaked the bill before the vote, both to reduce the size of the increase from 75 cents each year, and to move the first increase from July 1 to next January.
If approved, the hourly wage would rise from the current $8.25 to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2013, and to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2014. The following year, the rate would be tied to the Consumer Price Index.

The measure has a high-profile champion in House Speaker Chris Donovan, but its fate remains murky, largely because Gov. Dannel P. Malloy\’s support is uncertain.

UPDATE: Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said the following in an email:

\”The Governor is a long-time supporter of the minimum wage.  He also signed two bills last year – Paid Sick Leave and the State\’s first Earned Income Tax Credit – that target the same population a minimum wage increase would target.  Given the current business climate, the Governor wants to ensure that any new legislation won\’t harm our growing recovery.  Under the Governor\’s leadership, Connecticut created more than 17,000 private sector jobs last year – it\’s progress we need to continue.  He looks forward to watching the debate on this issue as it proceeds through the legislature.\”

Similar efforts to raise the minimum wage are underway in New York and New Jersey.


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