Impact of Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase on Access to Benefits for Working Families

Back • Publication Date: February 22nd, 2021

Authors: Jaclyn Willner, J.D.; Armelle Casau, Ph.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report that analyzes where increases in minimum wage may have unanticipated effects on some families’ receipt of benefits and hinder families with children from gaining economic mobility, despite increases in their income. The report entitled, Impact of Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase on Access to Benefits for Working Families outlines 10 policy solutions to mitigate the impacts of benefits cliffs—when a small wage increase leads to a significant reduction in public benefits. Benefits cliffs inadvertently worsen a family’s economic security, stifle economic growth by keeping individuals from participating in the workforce, and disproportionately impact women and people of color.