On New Year’s Day, I had the opportunity to launch model rockets with my son on a gorgeous (but very cold) day.

As it turns out, it was also a windy day.  We discovered this through launching two rockets super high — only to see them carried away deep into the woods a mile away.

But it was a good way to start the year. So with that image in your mind, it’s also time to go back over the minimum wage in Connecticut. We’ve seen increases over the last few years, and this year has yet another raise.

So, as of yesterday, the minimum wage has blasted forward another 45 cents to $9.15 per hour. For restaurant workers who are eligible to receive tips, there was also an increase to $5.78 per hour.

The minimum wage will continue to increase. On January 1, 2016, it will increase to $9.60 per hour. And finally on January 1, 2017, it will max out (at least for now) at $10.10 per hour.