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Higher Minimum Wage Passes House

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Waitress (Miguel Vilagran/Getty Images News)

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By a tally of 88-to-62, the Connecticut House of Representatives has passsed a scaled-back version of bill increasing Connecticut’s minimum wage.

The measure would increase the minimum wage 25 cents to $8.50 an hour Jan. 1, and to $8.75 Jan. 1, 2014. It would also hike the hourly wage for waiters and waitresses staff to $5.80 next year.

An amendment stripped out a larger increase, a also took out language tying future increases to inflation.

The bill now goes to the State Senate.

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