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May 25, 2023

CT minimum wage to increase June 1

MARK PAZNIOKAS / CTMIRROR.ORG Gov. Ned Lamont talking to Rep. Jill Barry, D-Glastonbury, at Berkins Blend Cafe. Behind him is Rep. Steve Weir, R-Hebron.

Connecticut workers will kick off the post-Memorial Day holiday with a pay raise. 

The state’s minimum wage on June 1 will increase by $1 to $15 per hour, according to Gov. Ned Lamont. That will give Connecticut one of the highest minimum wages in the Northeast and country. Neighboring Massachusetts also has a $15 minimum wage, while New York state’s minimum wage is $14.20. However, New York City has a higher $15 minimum wage.

The highest hourly minimum wage in the U.S. is Washington’s at $15.74, followed by California at $15.50.

About half the states increased their minimum wage as of Jan. 1, 2023, according to CNBC.

Connecticut’s June 1 increase is the result of legislation Lamont signed in 2019, which schedules several gradual increases in the minimum wage to occur over a five-year period. 

The 2019 minimum wage law set a schedule of increases in what then was a $10.10 minimum wage: $11 in October 2019, $12 in September 2020, $13 in August 2021, $14 in July 2022, and $15 in June 2023. After 2023, the minimum wage will be pegged to the Employment Cost Index, a measure of wage growth calculated by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A CT Mirror story contributed to this report.

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