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Lamont announces increase in Connecticut's minimum wage

The state's current minimum wage rate is $14.00 per hour, but will increase to $15.00 per hour next week.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's minimum wage is set to increase on June 1, from $14.00 per hour and will increase to $15.00 per hour Thursday.

This comes after a legislation Governor Lamont signed in 2019, which schedules several gradual increases in the minimum wage to occur over a five-year period.

“No one should work a full-time job and live in poverty,” Governor Lamont said in a statement. “For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers stayed flat, making existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security. That is why four years ago I signed a law implementing several gradual increases in the minimum wage and then ultimately connecting it to the employment cost index. This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned will be spent right back into our own economy and support local businesses.”  

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On January 1, 2024, that same law requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut, the rate will grow according to economic indicators.

“The minimum wage was established to provide a fair, livable baseline of income for those who work. But increasing costs and varied levels of inflation coupled with stagnant wages has resulted in our lower paid workers falling further behind,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said in a statement. “This gradual increase has helped uplift individuals and families, especially people of color and working mothers. Governor Lamont and I remain committed to ensuring that nobody working a full-time job is living in poverty.”


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