Today State Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain, Berlin), Senate Vice-Chair of the Legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, added her support to the passage of a bill that will increase the state’s minimum wage. Her vote allowed the bill to pass out of Committee to the floor of the State Senate.
“I am proud to stand with the working people in my district and across Connecticut who want passage of this bill that will give them a fair wage they can support their families on,” said Senator Gerratana. “Far too many people in this state work two or more jobs and still struggle to get by. This bill will guarantee that their hard work ensures an income that they can live on.”
Senate Bill 387 will raise Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour to $9.00 an hour on January 1, 2014, and to $9.75 an hour on January 1, 2015. Also effective January 16, 2016, the minimum wage will be automatically tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Often called the “cost of living index,” this measurement reflects the average price of life necessities in a region. This proposal will cause the state’s minimum wage to see an automatic annual adjustment by the percentage increase of the CPI in the previous year. By tying the minimum wage to this number, SB 387 ensures that the Connecticut’s working people will always receive an income that allows them to support themselves and their families.