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Minimum wage increase being discussed for 2nd straight year

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Connecticut lawmakers are considering increasing minimum wage from $8.25 to $9 per hour. Lawmakers are attempting to make the increase for the second year in a row.

Last year, the Senate took the legislation, but never voted on it. And some lawmakers told Eyewitness News that they believe it's because of strong opposition from businesses and it may have a tough time getting passed this year.

Connecticut Working Families supports the minimum wage increase and wants it increased again in 2014 to $9.75.

Connecticut's rate is higher than the national average and is also more than its neighbors such as Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island.

Business owner Jay Kamins said when you offer minimum wage, you don't always get the best work.

"If you are worried about your child's asthma medication or about food on the table," he said. "I cannot get them to concentrate."

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association said when businesses have to pay more, they charge more and it doesn't do anything to help grow the economy.

"The labor department just last month released a report saying we lost more jobs and people have given up looking for work," said Eric Gjede of CBIA. "This is the absolute worst time to ask for this from Connecticut."

Blanca Cabrera makes minimum wage in Connecticut and said she is struggling to support her four children.

"It's not enough," she said.

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