State lawmakers in Connecticut have become the first in the country to pass legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by 2017. That's the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage by 2015.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy applauded the move and says he'll sign it on Thursday evening in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage.
The bill passed the state House , 87-54, and the Senate, 21-14.
President Obama speaking at the minimum wage rally at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Wednesday March 5th, 2014. Seated on stools from left to right behind Obama are US Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Schafee, Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.
President Barack Obama was in Connecticut on Wednesday making a push for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The president was joined on stage by the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut.
The Connecticut General Assembly's Labor Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday to address Governor Daniel Malloy’s proposed minimum wage hike. There were mixed reviews on the proposal, which would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association is promising to fight Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed increase in the state minimum wage. Malloy wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, which would make it the highest in the nation.
The CBIA voiced its opposition on Monday to the wage hike, saying it will reduce hiring into entry-level jobs. The CBIA's position on minimum wage is part of its broader legislative agenda, which it released on Monday.