Connecticut’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage Bill Gains Momentum
Connecticut's $15-an-hour minimum wage bill has cleared another hurdle!
According to WTNH, the bill has made it through Connecticut's General Assembly by a 32-19 party-line vote. So, what does that actually mean?
The Appropriations Committee moved the bill forward that would elevate the current $10.10 per hour rate to a $15 per hour rate over the course of three years which would kick off on January 1, 2020.
According to the National Employment Law Project, (NELP) throughout Connecticut, workers need to earn more than $15 an hour just to afford the basics. Because the cost of living keeps rising every year in the state of Connecticut, by the year 2024, Connecticut workers will need to earn at least $20 or more per hour to make basic ends meet. The following is a short video explaining why certain lawmakers believe that raising the minimum wage will have ramifications for Connecticut.
You are not going to believe this, but back in 1973 when I graduated from Ithaca College, I was working at a store called 'The Record Theatre' in the city of Rochester where I made $1.61 an hour. That's $64.40 per week or $3,348 per year!
The minimum wage in 1973 was $1.60 per hour which is equivalent to earning $9.46 an hour in 2019. Can you imagine trying to survive on $257.40 a month, and that's before taxes! The bottom line is that according to homesnacks.net.,Connecticut is the 5th most expensive state to live in. It's no wonder people are moving out in droves.