State Senate passes minimum wage bill, 21 – 14 vote

Connecticut

The state senate has passed the minimum wage bill with a 21 – 14  vote. The debate lasted until early morning Friday, around 2:40 a.m. 

Unions were outside the senate chamber celebrating when the vote came down. Governor Lamont applauded the move, and now just has to sign it. 

Related: Capitol Report: Dems pick up win with $15 minimum wage, tolls looking uncertain

The minimum wage will gradually increase to $15 over the next 4 years:

$11.00 on October 1, 2019;

$12.00 on September 1, 2020;

$13.00 on August 1, 2021;

$14.00 on July 1, 2022; and

$15.00 on June 1, 2023.

The bill does exclude restuarant waitstaff and bartenders.They will continue to get a discounted pay rate because they get tips. People supporting the $15 an hour say they can no longer continue to make a living here in the states making minimum wage. 

Others are concerned about this and the impact it’s going to have on businesses. Some employers saying they can’t afford to pay their workers the $15 an hour rate, which means prices may go up and that cost may be passed onto customers

Lawmakers were going back and forth, debating wages suitable for living vs. the impact on businesses during the overnight debate.

Lawmakers continued talks into early morning Friday. 

WEB EXTRA: Brian Spyros provides live coverage of the story: 

The minimum wage bill wasn’t the only one that was voted on. Lawmakers passed what’s called the Times Up Act, a legislation that will extend the statute of limitations on sexual assaults and require sexual-harassment training in the workplace. It also increases penalties for sexual-harassment.

That bill passed 35 – 0.

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