HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The House approved legislation this afternoon to incrementally increase Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.
The 85-59 vote, almost entirely along party-lines, came after 14 hourse of debate on the bill. The House first took up the bill around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The bill will now go to the Senate.
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.
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