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Fight for $15? Try for $12? It depends on Sen. Joan Hartley.

The most powerful leaders at the State Capitol want to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage. But in a Senate evenly split, the assumption is they need all 18 Democratic senators and the tie-breaking vote of the lieutenant governor. And that means doing business with Sen. Joan V. Hartley, the conservative Democrat with a history frustrating her party’s liberal leaders over issues of taxation, spending, business regulations and, yes, the minimum wage.