Connecticut minimum wage continues to rise

January 14, 2014 by  

As of the beginning of this year, Connecticut’s minimum hourly wage has risen from $8.25 to $8.70, increasing the minimum hourly salary from $17,160 to $18,096. Wages are set to increase again at the beginning of next year when the minimum hourly wage will reach $9.

These changes increase the gap between the minimum wage in Connecticut, and the federal minimum wage which is $7.25 per hour. Eleven other states, and the District of Columbia, are set to increase their minimum wage this year.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy believes the increases will mean a lot to lower income families in areas like Rocky Hill, but will not make a huge impact on local businesses. He commented: “Studies have shown that increasing the minimum wage is one of the best ways to get children out of poverty. This modest increase is money that will be put back into our economy and help residents to make ends meet”.

Up to 90,000 people in Connecticut work for minimum wage. Lt. Governor of Connecticut Nancy Wyman has said that contributions from “all levels of workers” are needed to improve the economy.

Employers are required to post federal and state labor laws, including the minimum wage, in a place that makes it easily visible to employees. Consequentially, many posters listing these laws will have to be remade to incorporate the new minimum wage. This would be a large and long-term project for a printing company, who can produce a substantial amount of these posters quickly and distribute them around the state.