Gov. Dannel Malloy said he is supporting increasing the minimum wage to ( per hour over the next two years.
The current minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25 and CT News Junkie reports that Malloy will support increasing it to $9 per hour, but does not support tying it to the rate of inflation.
The General Assembly is debating the minimum wage bill. When the Labor and Public Employees Committee voted on the bill, seven voted in favor, while four voted against. You can read the testimony on the General Assembly’s Web site.
Critics say the measure will stall economic growth and hurt small business.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Washington State has the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.19. Minimum wage in Oregon is $8.95 and it is $8.60 in Vermont. http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm
Connecticut, DC, Illinois and Nevada all have a current minimum wage of $8.25.