With President Obama's call for a higher national minimum wage having failed to win the backing of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives even with the Congressional Budget Office’s saying in a report released last month that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour nationally would reduce total employment by some 500,000 workers, a Reuter’s article this morning reports Connecticut’s becoming the first state to pass legislation increasing the state's minimum hourly rate to $10.10, a figure that matches what Obama has asked Congress to consider imposing nationally. ( Press Release & Bill )
The article also relates Connecticut's minimum wage currently stands at $8.70 per hour, and the bill will be phased in to $10.10 over three years. The current highest state minimum wage in the United States is Washington's $9.32, above the $7.25 federal minimum.
Here in Ohio, Representatives Mike Foley & Robert Hagan last Tuesday introduced a like bill seeking to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 beginning January 1, 2015