House debating revised $15 minimum wage bill

May 9, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are debating a revised plan to incrementally increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023 before the bill goes to a vote.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives originally planned to vote on the bill Wednesday afternoon, a day after the Appropriations Committee advanced legislation increasing the current $10.10 an hour wage to $15 by 2022.

Under this new version, in 2024 the wage would be linked to the federal employment cost index and potentially increase again.

To appease seasonal employers, 16- and 17-year-olds would be paid 85% of the minimum wage during a 90-day period.

Democratic Rep. Robyn Porter of New Haven says she’s disappointed the bill doesn’t increase the $8.23 minimum hourly wage for bartenders and $6.38 for servers.