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WSJ: CT Dems Pushing $15/Hour Minimum Wage, $19/Hour “More Reasonable”

January 26, 2017 By Staff
WSJ: CT Dems Pushing $15/Hour Minimum Wage, $19/Hour “More Reasonable”

A new report by The Wall Street Journal suggests some Democrats are eager to raise the minimum wage in Connecticut from $10.10/hour to $15/hour.

Connecticut Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, aligning themselves with the labor-backed “Fight for $15” movement.

More from The Wall Street Journal:

Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney backs the $15 minimum-wage proposal.

…State Rep. James Albis, a Democrat, who introduced legislation raising the minimum wage on Monday, acknowledged it would be a tougher lift this year to pass a minimum-wage increase than in years past, given that the state Senate is deadlocked. But his bill has more than 40 co-sponsors, he said.

Democrats say a $19 an hour minimum wage is “more reasonable.”

WSJ also reports that the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) says it’s “the wrong time” for a wage hike, and most Republicans are opposed.

Connecticut’s minimum wage in 2017 is $10.10 an hour, good enough for fifth in the nation (according to the National Conference of State Legislatures).

In a 2016 study on the impact of minimum wage increases on states, the conservative Heritage Foundation estimated an increase to $15 an hour in the minimum wage would cost Connecticut 40,000 jobs by 2021.