$15 Minimum Wage for Connecticut: Status of Bill, March 5, 2017

A $15/hour wage bill, House Bill No. 6208, An Act Increasing the Minimum Wage for CT employees, is on the floor of the CT House of Representatives for consideration. The Labor and Public Employees Committee of the CT General Assembly approved the bill last week and sent it to the House. The bill increases the minimum wage in five yearly one-dollar steps to $15/hour
by 2023.

A $15 wage is supported by the CT Conference of the United Church of Christ and was the subject of a petition of support signed by 425 friends and members of the East Hartford First Congregational Church and of four Hartford congregations of the United Church of Christ – Faith Congregational Church, Center Church, Immanuel Congregational Church, and Asylum Hill Congregational Church. In December 2016, the petition calling for a $15 wage was delivered to the governor and lieutenant governor, legislative leaders, and 14 Hartford area legislators.

The bill still requires close attention. The proposal has significant opposition. Adoption is not assured. But it good news that the bill for a $15 wage is moving on its way.  And the bill has substantial support from legislative leadership and many members.

Thanks to all who have supported and worked on bringing the $15 wage to the attention of legislators.

David Biklen, Immanuel Congregational Church, UCC