The state legislature passed the measure on Wednesday. Under the law, the minimum wage will increase annually until it reaches $10.10 an hour in 2017.
In a move that won the praise of President Barack Obama, Connecticut State lawmakers voted Wednesday in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where a vote is tentatively planned Wednesday. It’s possible the House could take up the bill if the Senate approves it.
In January, Port Authority executive director Pat Foye wrote to four airlines demanding their contractors give raises to workers at JFK and LaGuardia and phase in a minimum wage of $10.10.
Standing at the center of a packed gymnasium at at Central Connecticut State University, Obama said raising hourly wages to $10.10 would pull millions of Americans out of poverty.
President Obama has already ordered the $10.10 an hour minimum for certain federal projects. The proposed rate translates to a little more than $21,000 annually.
A post on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Twitter account said President Barack Obama will be in the state next Wednesday for a “Raise the Wage” event.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has requested state permission to set the wage “consistent with the needs of working people in the five boroughs.”
Ralliers chanted “poverty wages have to go” and “we want change and we don’t mean pennies” at a demonstration on the City Hall steps Friday.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the same rate the president proposed for the federal minimum wage.
The agency’s executive director, Patrick Foye – appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat – sent a letter Tuesday to four airlines demanding that their contractors give an immediate $1-an-hour pay raise to workers at New York City’s Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer wants the city’s minimum wage raised to $11 an hour. The state minimum wage is $8.
While 13 states, including New York, raised their minimum wage above the federal level Jan. 1, many workers and the White House are pushing for even higher pay.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said Monday that he wants to accelerate the state’s scheduled minimum wage increase to $9 by 2015 and tie it to the inflation rate.