Minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour

The minimum wage in Connecticut will increase by 75 cents during the next year and a half.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation approved by the General Assembly that hikes the minimum wage in two stages — from the current $8.25 an hour to $8.70 on Jan. 1, 2014, and then to $9 on Jan. 1, 2015.

“This gradual increase over two years is a balanced approach to helping hard working men and women without adversely impacting the business community,” Malloy said. “Although I believe our nation as a whole should move in this direction, I also think Connecticut needs to lead the way in helping working families.”

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and it has not increased since 2009. States and municipalities can approve higher minimum wages.

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