It is time to raise the state’s minimum wage

April 27, 2017

The time to make this happen is now. Long gone are the fallacies of minimum wage workers being the young high school and college students. We have to face the reality that in today’s economic climate, more and more families are forced to take minimum wage jobs in order to bring food to the table.

Connecticut has been a leader in defending and passing a historic minimum wage increase in 2014. As of January 2017, the minimum wage is $10.10 per hour.

This bill would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in yearly increments through 2022.

“Eighty-nine percent of the people that will benefit from the minimum wage increase are not teenagers; they’re on average 36 years of age. Fifty-seven percent of these people work full time and 37 percent of them are over 40 years old,” Labor Committee Chair Senator Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport) said. “People cannot exist on less than $15 an hour and the families who are currently working on minimum wage salaries are living in poverty. There needs to be an increase.”

Our constituents in the inner cities who are heads of households have to work two or three jobs to support their families, many of whom are employed by big box employers that offer zero benefits and underpay them, leaving it to the state to subsidize their most basic needs. We must give our workers a decent pay so that they are not living in poverty despite working full time jobs.

Press Release: It is time to raise the state’s minimum wage