Connecticut lawmakers as of Wednesday have passed legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by the year 2017. This is the same rate President Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.
The bill passed the General Assembly, controlled by Democrats. It was approved 21 to 14 in the Senate and 87 to 54 in the House.
“I am proud that Connecticut is once again a leader on an issue of national importance,” Governor Daniel Malloy said. “Increasing the minimum wage is not just good for workers, it’s also good for business.”
“This sends a clear message to the working people in the state of Connecticut that the legislature understands the difficulty they have in doing basic things to live, and we are proud to lead the nation in moving the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour,” said state Senator Gary Holder-Winfield, chairman of the legislature’s Labor Committee.
However, let’s keep in mind that Daniel Malloy is up for re-election next year.
Patrick O’Neil, a spokesman for the state’s House Republican Caucus, has called the proposal “pure politics in an election year.”
Connecticut’s minimum wage was already scheduled to climb by 30 cents to $9 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015. Under this new bill, however, it would instead increase to $9.15. Then it would go up to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016, and finally jump to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.