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President Obama Pitches Minimum Wage Hike in Connecticut

President Obama Pitches Minimum Wage Hike Tomorrow in Connecticut
The President will join four New England governors to advocate for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

President Obama's visiting New Britain, Connecticut tomorrow to continue his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. 

Four New England governors will join him to make the pitch, including Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. The President needs Congress' approval to implement the raise on a national level. But Governor Malloy's proposing to make it a reality in his state by 2017. 

Connecticut currently has the nation's fourth highest minimum wage, at $8.70 an hour. Governor Malloy says that's not enough.

"We believe, in Connecticut, that no one should be working 40 hours a week and still live in poverty; and that's what's going on with a lower minimum wage...It just doesn't make sense," he said. "Let's give people a decent wage for 40 hours of work, and help them raise their families in our country."

The governor's proposal aims to gradually increase the wage over a three-year period, beginning in 2015.