Malloy to sign minimum wage increase into law

New Britain (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be signing a bill that will raise Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest for any state in the country.

The state House and Senate approved the bill Wednesday. The Democratic governor plans to sign it Thursday at a New Britain restaurant where he, President Barack Obama and three other New England governors ate earlier this month, before Obama urged Congress to increase the federal minimum wage during a speech at Central Connecticut State University.

The bill will increase the minimum hourly wage to $9.15 in January, $9.60 in January 2016 and $10.10 in January 2017. State officials say 70,000 to 90,000 people now earn the minimum wage in Connecticut.

Republicans criticized the increase as another action that makes Connecticut uncompetitive.

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