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Connecticut heeds presidential call to increase minimum wage

HARTFORD, Conn. – Democrats in both legislative chambers voted to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017 after back-to-back debates Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who plans to sign it Thursday.

State Democrats have made the bill’s passage a top priority during this election year session. It mirrors a federal policy called for by President Barack Obama, who visited Connecticut earlier this month in support of the legislation.

“I hope Members of Congress, governors, state legislators and business leaders across our country will follow Connecticut’s lead to help ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty, and that every American who works hard has the chance to get ahead,” Obama said in an emailed statement shortly after passage of the bill.

Currently, Connecticut’s minimum wage is $8.70 an hour. The legislation will boost that to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015; to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016; and finally to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

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One response to “Connecticut heeds presidential call to increase minimum wage”

  1. John Hamlin

    Kiss more jobs goodbye. This would make sense if it were coupled with tax and regulatory relief for businesses, but in the current climate it’s just another reason for more businesses and jobs — and more taxpayers — to move elsewhere.

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