Connecticut's minimum wage increases June first.

Officials: Minimum wage increases June first.
Minimum wage press conference Photo credit WTIC Radio

HARTFORD, CONN (WTIC Radio)-Lawmakers joined Lamont Administration officials reminding residents that the state's minimum wage increases to $15 an hour June first.

Currently the minimum wage is $14 an hour and the federal minimum wage is $7.25.

Governor Lamont, Lt. Governor Susan Bysciewicz and others said increasing the minimum wage provides a pathway to the middle class.

According to Bysciewicz, 61 percent of those earning minimum wage are women and 49-percent are people of color. She also said 114 thousand households with children have someone earning less than $15 an hour.

The co-chairs of the legislature's Labor Committee said the increase is a good start, but more increases are necessary.

The state approved the gradual increases in 2019, when the minimum wage then was $10.10.

Bysciewicz said the pathway to the middle class is enhanced by the earned income tax credit, tax cuts, baby bonds and debt-free community college.

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