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CT Minimum Wage to Increase in January

The current minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25 an hour.

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By Patch Editor Leslie Yager 

Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $8.70 per hour on January 1, 2014, according to a release from State Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer.

The current minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25 an hour.

“This increase to $8.70 is the first part of a two-year increase in the minimum wage,” Palmer added in the release.  “On January 1, 2015, in accordance with Public Act 13-117, Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $9.00.”

Although the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25, Connecticut businesses must pay the state minimum wage.

Under section 31-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 13-117, the Connecticut minimum wage rate for service employees, specifically restaurant wait staff and bartenders, is determined by using a formula that takes tip deductions into account.  

The rates can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website atwww.ct.gov/dol, or by contacting the Labor Department’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards at (860) 263-6790.

Will Wilkin December 16, 2013 at 08:37 PM
The minimum wage is indeed pathetic, but the best way to raise it across America would be for Congress to replace Free Trade with a Balanced Trade policy, diverting our annual $600 billion trade deficits into demand for US-made goods and services. That single change would grow our GDP at least 4% annually, directly creating millions of manufacturing jobs and indirectly creating many millions more jobs in other sectors through the multiplier-effect manufacturing has. This would be a much better way to bid up the price of labor because it would be backed by real wealth-creation in the economy rather than just more nominal buying power without any increase in wealth production.
Annie1 December 17, 2013 at 06:46 AM
and so will the cost of products! I started working and was paid $.50 an hour. No flipping burgers, but in a dentist office in the late 50s.
Will Wilkin December 17, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Hi Annie1, The rise in consumer prices would be more than offset by the rise in wages as balanced trade would create literally 3-4 million new manufacturing jobs directly and several times that in additional multiplier-effect jobs. Raising our GDP 4% or more by balancing trade would benefit many more people than "a few select companies."  Besides the millions of workers moved from unemployment to paying work, it would restore tax base and lower the cost of the social safety net, benefitting virtually the entire country.

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