Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives debated for over 12 hours through the night and into the morning before approving an increase to Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023. The vote was 85 – 59 with every Republican and two Democrats voting against the minimum ...
Fight for 15
A minimum-wage increase is likely coming. It should arrive in the form of a home-rule option to raise the rate to some maximum and should be offset by cuts in regulatory costs on the hardest-hit businesses.
While a bill to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour died in May, legislators may want to consider a new report before resurrecting the idea during the next session.
An email sent from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asked for 25 people willing to be arrested as part of a “fight for $15” strike at McDonalds on Washington Avenue in Hartford on Tuesday, November 29. The email, sent by retired state employee Win Heimer, states “This is a planned arrest - with a promise to appear in court for community service. Police will have your Social Security number and do a background check in advance in coordination with Fight for 15 strike planners.”
By 1 a.m. on June 30, most of the dark-suited lobbyists had left the Capitol building, as had the cheering union sympathizers wearing purple t-shirts inscribed with the words “Fight for $15.” In the House, lawmakers were just wrapping up the special session by voting 78-65 on the budget “implementer” – a huge, 686-page bill given to them just hours before it was called for a vote.