Senate Democrats proposing boosting minimum wage to $12

Minimum wage increases to $10.10 an hour starting January 1.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democrats in the Connecticut Senate are proposing to further increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

The proposal was offered Thursday as a late-session amendment.

It comes three months after the wage increased from $9.15 to $9.60 an hour. It is scheduled to climb again to $10.10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. In 2014, Connecticut was the first state to pass legislation approving a $10.10 wage.

Since that time, there has been pressure to increase the wage further. This session, a bill calling for a $15 an hour wage by 2022.

Debate on the bill was expected to continue late into the night. Republican senators took issue with the majority Democrats proposing another wage hike at a time when businesses are leaving Connecticut.

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