The Senate passed a bill which would increase the Connecticut minimum wage from $7.65 to $8.00 on January 1, 2009 and to $8.25 on January 1, 2010. Over 60,000 people work in minimum wage jobs. The current Federal minimum wage is only $5.85 per hour. Connecticut News Junkie writes about this topic. The Governor is reported to be considering not signing this important bill because it might harm small businesses. This writer disagrees and hope Governor Rell signs the bill. I own a small business. Small business don’t succeed or fail by keeping their employees in poverty. We succeed because we have happy, motivated, healthy employees and a plan for success. Keeping our employees below the poverty line is not a part of any successful business plan that I know of.