Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) has helped to introduce the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Esty is an original co-sponsor of the bill, introduced yesterday by Congressman George Miller (D-CA). The increase would occur in three 95-cent steps over three years. The rate would be indexed to inflation each year thereafter.
"This is about fairness -- fairness for workers and fairness for Connecticut," Esty said. "Hard-working families in Connecticut and across the country deserve a fair wage that reflects the value of their work and that keeps pace with inflation. Connecticut shouldn't be punished for doing the right thing by leading the country on fair wages. I'm proud to support this legislation to raise incomes for millions of working families, to help grow our economy, and to help protect Connecticut from losing jobs to states that engage in a race to the bottom."
Over 21 million workers nationwide would see their wages increase under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. About 30 percent of all children in the U.S, nearly 23 million children, would have at least one parent who gets a raise, helping those families stay out of poverty. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).