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LISTEN: Why Winning The Fight For 15 Can Feel Like Losing

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Fast food workers picketing at State House Square in Hartford during the fight for a $15 minimum wage.

Connecticut lawmakers passed a bill two years ago that gradually increases the state minimum wage to levels that will peak in 2023 at $15 per hour. At first glance, that seems like a win for working people. But Lauren Ruth, research and policy director with Connecticut Voices for Children, has co-authored a report that says with the state taking away key benefits at the same time, the minimum wage hike represents only a partial win for working people.She spoke more about this on Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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