The Connecticut Senate is debating a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.
If the Senate approves the measure on Wednesday, the House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to vote on the same proposal. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has pushed hard for the legislation this year. He appeared with President Barack Obama and several other governors recently to call for a $10.10 an hour federal minimum wage.
Business groups, however, have said a higher minimum wage will make Connecticut uncompetitive with other states and ultimately discourage job growth.
Republican Sen. Joe Markley acknowledged the bill would help “a certain amount of people,” but questioned how the economy will be helped by “shifting money around.”