Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy plans to announce on Friday morning that he supports raising the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour.
The governor will likely endorse a plan that will raise the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour in two increments for the next two years, according to the Hartford Courant. Malloy does not support indexing the rate to inflation starting in 2015, though President Obama has suggested the state do so in the federal budget released earlier this month. A similar proposal in the state Legislature would bind the minimum wage to CPI.
Democrats in the Legislature back the proposal, as they say it would keep hundreds of thousands of residents out of poverty. Opponents argue that in order to compensate for increased costs, they may have to lay off workers. The proposal cleared committee only after extensive debate, meaning it faces a steeper battle to make it through the entire General Assembly.
The Legislature last raised the minimum wage in 2008, and it reached $8.25 in 2010.