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Sun May 12, 2019, 06:23 PM

House approves $15 minimum wage for Connecticut after marathon debate

"It will help. Like to raise it higher," says Richard Benham, of Wallingford, a legislative political coordinator for the Connecticut AFL-CIO, about the prospects of raising the minimum wage to $15 in the state.

After an epic, marathon 14-hour debate that lasted all night, the state House of Representatives voted Thursday to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

The sharply partisan debate began at 10 p.m. Wednesday and wrapped up with a 85-59 vote shortly after noon. Much of the time was taken up by Republicans who spoke to a sometimes-empty House chamber about how increasing the minimum wage would stifle the state’s already lackluster economic growth.


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