A bill that would raise Connecticut's minimum wage, and eventually tie it to inflation, will face its first legislative hurdle of the session.
The General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee is scheduled to vote on the legislation Thursday, potentially sending it to the House of Representatives for further action.
The bill increases the minimum wage to $9 an hour, beginning July 2012, and to $9.75 an hour the following year. The legislation requires the rate to be tied to inflation beginning in 2014.
Bill advocates say the current minimum wage -- $8.25 an hour or around $17,000 a year for full-time employment -- puts the state's low-wage workers below the poverty line.
Opponents, however, say they are concerned a wage increase could discourage employers from hiring new workers.
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