Starting Sunday, workers making minimum wage will start to see a little more money in their paychecks.

Governor Ned Lamont wants you to know that starting this Sunday, August 1, the minimum wage in Connecticut will increase from $12 dollars per hour to $13 dollars an hour.

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It's all the result of legislation that the Governor enacted two years ago that actually schedules several increases in the minimum wage over the next five years leading up to the $15 Dollar an hour minimum.

In a press released issued by the Office of the Governor, Lamont explained the reasoning behind the gradual steps to increasing the minimum wage.

Nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty. For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest-earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security. This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned by workers will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses and our communities.

Here's a look at how the minimum wage has risen since this legislation was passed, and the dates for the next increases that will continue until 2023.

The $10 dollar minimum wage was first increased in October of 2019 getting bumped up to $11 per hour. The next increase happened on September 1 of 2020 and went up to $12 dollars per hour. Now we have this next increase going into effect on Sunday, as the wage hits $13 dollars per hour.

You'll have to wait until July 1 of 2022 until the minimum wage hits $14 dollars an hour, and finally on June 1 of 2023 the minimum wage will top off at $15 dollars per hour.

According to the press release from the Governors Office, beginning on January 1, 2024  that same legislation requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which means the wage will be calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor and for the first time in Connecticut, the rate will grow according to how the economy is growing.

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