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Ed Gomes

Representing Bridgeport & Stratford

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Gomes: “People cannot exist on less than $15 an hour”

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Labor Committee Co-Chair Senator Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport) joined his House colleagues during a press conference to call for support of House Bill 6208, which aims to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour over a five-year period.

Sen.Gomes spoke out on behalf of Connecticut’s working families, who are struggling to make ends meet in minimum wage jobs.

“Eighty-nine percent of the people that will benefit from the minimum wage increase are not teenagers; they’re on average 36 years of age. Fifty-seven percent of these people work full time and 37 percent of them are over 40 years old,” Sen. Gomes said. “People cannot exist on less than $15 an hour, and the families who are currently working on minimum wage salaries are living in poverty. There needs to be an increase.”

Connecticut was a leader in defending and passing a historic minimum wage increase in 2014. As of January 2017, the minimum wage is $10.10 per hour.

HB 6208 would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in yearly increments through 2022.

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