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CT House Votes to Increase Minimum Wage

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The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to increase the state’s minimum wage. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The House lowered the original proposed hike to a 50-cent increase and removed a provision to eventually tie the wage to inflation.

State representatives passed the measure 88-to-62 on Thursday.

The revised measure would raise the hourly wage from $8.25 to $8.50 effective Jan. 1, 2013, and to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2014. It also would increase the hourly wage for wait staff to $5.80 in 2013. The original bill proposed an hourly rate hike to $9.75 by the 2013 date and would have tied an increase to inflation in 2014.

The bill now awaits action in the state Senate.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday he supports the changes made by the House.

Lucas Willard, WAMC News.

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.