First State in America Opts for $10.10 Minimum Wage
Connecticut to reach Obama's preferred rate by 2017
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2014 7:04 AM CDT
President Barack Obama talks to the crowd at Central Connecticut State University during a speech Wednesday, March 5, 2014, about raising the minimum wage.   (AP Photo/The Hour, Alex von Kleydorff)

(Newser) – Several states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, are considering raising the minimum wage to $10.10—a number President Obama has pushed for on a federal level—but Connecticut is the first to make it happen. The bill was passed with back-to-back votes yesterday, mostly along predictable partisan lines, and will see the minimum wage climb from $8.70 to $10.10 by 2017, the Hartford Courant reports. "This modest increase will give working families a boost, and it will contribute to our economy by getting just a little more money into the pockets of people who will spend it in their communities," says Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign the bill into law today.

In what the Courant calls "a sign of the importance of the measure to the White House," Obama released this statement: "I hope members of Congress, governors, state legislators, and business leaders across our country will follow Connecticut's lead." The vote has certainly cleared the way. "I think the significance cannot be overstated for this," a policy analyst tells the AP. As we see movement on a state level, "that's always an ingredient for momentum at the federal level as well." Republicans, however, say the move will make Connecticut uncompetitive, and the Connecticut Restaurant Association adds, "restaurateurs will be forced to cut back on staff or increase menu prices—neither are easy decisions."

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Mar 28, 2014 10:50 PM CDT
wow!! $10.10hr!! really make me feel good that it's still way below what it should be like $15hr. why? mcd workers are asking for $15hr!! seem right to me!!
Mar 27, 2014 7:31 PM CDT
You know ever since the minumum wage was created businesses have complained that it'll hurt them. But you know something else I've noticed over the years? All these businesses are still IN business. They still hire people and they still have enough money to pay them the legally required wage AND remain competitive.
Mar 27, 2014 6:41 PM CDT
The top five U.S. states in population growth between 2010 - 2013 were ND, TX, UT, CO & FL. They aren't all retirement communities, they aren't social welfare states, so what DO they have in common? They have jobs, work friendly policies, and four out of five (CO being the exception) are run by Republican controlled governments. If you want to look at the TOP ten then eight have Republican governors. Coincidence ? Anyone want to guess WHICH party controls the BOTTOM five, the BOTTOM ten ?