HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Advocates for raising Connecticut’s minimum wage will be calling on state senators to pass a bill that would increase the hourly rate by 50 cents over two years.

State lawmakers in recent days have said it is questionable whether the bill will have enough support in the Senate.

Low-wage workers and advocates from Connecticut Working Families Party will urge state Senators to pass the bill at a Thursday afternoon news conference at the Dunkin Donuts on Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

The bill, proposes raising the hourly wage from $8.25 to $8.50 effective Jan. 1, 2013, and to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2014. It also would increase the hourly wage for wait staff to $5.80 in 2013.

It previously passed the state’s House of Representatives.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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