Minimum Wage Increase Signed into Law

May 29, 2019

Hard-working families in Connecticut got a boost today with Gov. Lamont signing legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage. I believe anyone working a full-time job should earn enough to support themselves and their family. This legislation is a step in the right direction.

 

The minimum wage in Connecticut has been $10.10 since January 1, 2017. In accordance with the legislation signed by the governor, the minimum will increase – incrementally to $15 per hour – per the following schedule:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023

In addition, beginning January 1, 2024, Connecticut’s minimum wage will be indexed to the employment cost index as calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

This is common sense legislation designed to protect low-wage earners, strengthen their economic security, increase their purchasing power and enhance the state’s economy by offering workers more spending power.

In other news, HB 6714 has been passed out of the Appropriations Committee. This bill would provide telephone services to inmates in state correctional facilities free of charge to both the inmate and those in communication with inmates. This bill is an important step to ensure that all of our neighbors are able to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.