State's minimum wage rises on New Year's Day
Some workers get a raise this week when Connecticut's minimum wage rises to $9.15 per hour, up from $8.70 an hour.
The increase, effective Jan. 1, is the result of a new law Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed earlier this year that requires a series of modest increases through 2017.
Following this week's increase, there are two more scheduled under the adopted law: It will rise to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016, and then to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.
"Connecticut was the first state in the nation to commit to increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour because we want to make sure that no one who works full time lives in poverty," Malloy said.
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, "For the 125,000 Connecticut women who earn at or just above the minimum wage, this increase is critical -- it will help support families and improve women's future economic security."
"Our state is taking the right step in its efforts to provide a better wage for lower-income workers," state Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer said. "This phased-in increase will help families support themselves, and in turn will help grow Connecticut's economy."
Under Section 31-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Connecticut minimum wage rates for service employees, specifically restaurant wait staff or bartenders, are determined by using a formula that takes tip deductions into account.