Minimum wage in CT hits $14 this Friday

Back • Publication Date: June 29, 2022 • Education & Employment, Fiscal & Economics

The state’s minimum wage will hit $15 by next year, thanks to a 2019 law.

As much of the country is still squeezed by the grips of inflation, some Connecticut residents will see a little relief as of Friday.

“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,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a news release Monday. “This is a fair, gradual increase for workers who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.”

The increase follows Public Act 19-4, which Lamont signed into law in 2019 after it passed the state’s legislature along a party-line vote. At the time, the minimum wage in Connecticut was $10.10 per hour. The federal minimum then was $7.25 per hour and still is now. Connecticut’s minimum wage went up to $11 in October of 2019, then $12 in September of 2020 and $13 last August. It’ll hit $15 next June. After that, the minimum wage will increase according to federal economic data in the Employment Cost Index, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to monitor wage growth.

“Raising the minimum wage is going to benefit hundreds of thousands of people in Connecticut, especially people of color and working mothers,” Democratic Rep. Robyn Porter said when the law was passed. “That extra disposable income for each low-wage worker will go right back into the local and state economies, benefiting our communities and local businesses and producing more revenue for the state. A higher wage also will bring more dignity into the workplace. In the end, all of Connecticut will benefit.”

Porter helped champion the bill as co-chair of the Labor and Public Employees Committee.

Stefanowski has made inflation a central point of his campaign, blaming Lamont for high prices around the state. The minimum wage increase, and a recent endorsement from Connecticut’s AFL-CIO, come barely four months before the November election.

Authors: Daniel Figueroa IV •  Source: CT Insider • View