The state Senate voted Thursday night to raise the minimum wage - an issue that has been controversial through the years.
The latest version calls for raising the wage by 75 cents per hour over two years with no index for inflation. As such, the wage would increase to $9 per hour by Jan. 2015, up from the current $8.25 per hour. That translates to slightly more than $17,000 per year for a fulltime job at the current rate.
After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday on a mostly party line vote of 21 to 15. Conservative Democrat Joan Hartley of Waterbury, who has also recently opposed redefining the state’s spending cap, voted with 14 Republicans against the bill.