Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to sign a bill into law Tuesday that gradually increases Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.
Lamont will be holding a bill signing ceremony in Hartford and will sign it into law around 11 am He will meet with Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, as well as other lawmakers, business leaders and proponents of the bill.
Under the proposal, the current minimum wage of $10.10 per hour will increase to $11 on October 1; $12 in 2020; $13 in 2021; $14 in 2022; and $15 in 2023. Salary would be tied to the federal Employment Cost Index. An estimated 300,000 workers would be affected.
Opponents said the legislation will be another cost for employers. Lamont, a former businessman, said he believes it will ultimately help the state’s economy.
Massachusetts has passed a $15 minimum wage and Rhode Island is considering it.