State minimum wage increases, student workers react

Luca Triant

Connecticut’s minimum wage has been bumped up from $10.10 an hour to $11 an hour.

As of Oct. 1, Quinnipiac student workers saw their wages rise to the new standard. Some students spoke out in favor of the change.

“Because I’m a student worker, I’m really excited that they’re increasing minimum wage,” Emily Griffin, a student worker in the equipment room, said. “I think it will have an impact on a lot of student workers. I’ve already seen a difference in my paycheck.” 

Tech Center worker Jack Neinstedt agrees. 

“Generally I like it because it increased, and that’s an extra dollar for me. So more money in my pocket, I can’t complain,” Neinstedt said.

The law increasing the minimum wage was signed by Governor Ned Lamont earlier in the year. Minimum wage will increase by one dollar every year until 2023, when the new wage floor will be set at $15. Some states across the country have already set their minimum wages to $15, including neighboring state New York.

While many student workers at Quinnipiac are approving of the wage increase, peer mentor Joey Slavis, had some concerns about the rise in her wages.

“I personally work off of federal work study, and that money is capped when it gets to a certain point,” Slavis said. “With the increase in wages, I do worry that I will reach that quota before the end of the semester or the end of the school year.”