March 11, 2019
Democratic Majority Gives Advocates Hope For Path To $15 Minimum Wage
By: Jack Kramer, CT News Junkie
March 7, 2019
The legislature’s expanded Democratic majority had advocates in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour buzzing with excitement Thursday.
“This has been a long time coming,” Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, a staunch advocate for raising the minimum wage said at a press conference before the start of the Labor and Public Employees Committee’s public hearing. “I’m so excited.”
Porter is the co-sponsor of a bill that would raise the minimum wage from its current $10.10 to $15 an hour by January of 2022.
Gov. Ned Lamont has his own bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 — but his bill would take a year longer than to get to that goal, not hitting the $15 mark until January of 2023.
At the press conference, Porter and Sen. Julie Kushner, D-Danbury, who co-chair the committee, were joined by workers currently earning minimum wage, labor leaders and economists to make the case that Connecticut’s time has come.