$12-an-hour minimum wage goes into effect
Connecticut workers making minimum wage will see a bump in pay after Tuesday, Sept. 1.
The state’s minimum wage will increase from $11 to $12 an hour this week, part of a gradual increase to $15 planned over the next few years.
Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, signed the $15 an hour minimum wage into law last year.
The proposal had raised concern among economic observers and municipalities that the increase in wages could pass millions of dollars in additional costs to towns and child care providers.
“Nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty,” Lamont said in a prepared statement. “For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security.
“This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses in our communities,” the governor added.
The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to rise again to $13 in August next year, then to $14 in July 2020 and to $15 in June 2023.