March 26: The First State in the US to Raise the Minimum Wage Above $10

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, second from right, at a minimum wage rally in Hartford, 2014. Photo: CTmirror.org.

On March 26, 2014, Connecticut lawmakers became the first in the country to push their state’s minimum hourly wage over the ten dollar mark.  The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of twenty-one to fourteen and in the House by a margin of eighty-seven to fifty-four.

Governor Dannel Malloy campaigned hard for the increase in the state’s minimum wage after President Barack Obama gave a series of speeches focusing on the topic in early 2014 — including one given at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on March 5.  The plan, affecting more than seventy thousand minimum-wage workers in Connecticut, called for increases up to $9.15 in 2015, $9.60 in 2016 and $10.10 by 2017.  Prior to the vote, Connecticut’s minimum wage was the fourth highest in the nation behind Washington, Oregon, and Vermont.

 

Further Reading:

Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage,The CT Mirror, March 26, 2014

Connecticut is increasing minimum wage to $10.10 an hour,” New York Times, March 26, 2014