HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Lawmakers are still debating whether to incrementally increase Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.
Debate in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives began around 10 p.m. on Wednesday and was still going strong Thursday morning.
Republicans warn that the increase will harm nursing homes and small businesses, ultimately negatively impacting the state’s economy and leading to job cuts. Republican Rep. Arthur O’Neill of Southbury says it could make the “ladder of success completely out of reach.”
Democrats say the higher wage will help the economy, giving low-wage workers more spending power.
Under the bill, the current $10.10-per-hour rate would climb to $11.25 in 2020; $12.50 in 2021; $13.75 in 2022; and $15 in 2023.
In 2024 the wage would be tied to federal employment cost index.