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