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Obama Coming to Connecticut to 'Raise the Wage'

The president will be joined by governors from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont at an event to call for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

President of the United States, Barack Obama. Credit: The White House
President of the United States, Barack Obama. Credit: The White House

President Barack Obama's "Raise the Wage" campaign will touch down in Connecticut this week.

Obama will speak at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday, March 5. The visit is one of many the president is making to garner support for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Obama will be joined at the New Britain campus by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, and Vermont Gov. Peter E. Shumlin. 

Malloy, a Democrat who fell in lockstep with the president and called for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 after Obama unveiled the proposal in his State of the Union speech, was at the nation's capitol last week to meet with other governors and Obama. There, Malloy exchanged verbal fisticuffs with Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, after the Republican criticized Obama's push to increase the minimum wage.

“There is a debate happening across our country on how to tackle the growing income inequality that is detrimental to our middle class families and to our economy," Malloy said. "Part of tackling that critically important challenge is making sure that we recognize that a decent wage is good for workers and good for business.”

“For too long," Malloy continued, "the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living."

Malloy announced last week via Twitter that Obama was coming to the state, but he held off on disclosing any details. Confirmation of the president's visit, as well as the venue, were confirmed Saturday.

CCSU also announced the news to the campus community Saturday evening.

"We are honored to announce that on Wednesday, March 5, President Barack Obama will give a speech at the University. An email to the campus community on Monday will provide details about the event, about obtaining tickets to it, and related information."

Malloy said, “I am happy to welcome President Obama and my New England colleagues to Connecticut for the next phase of this incredibly important debate. Working together, we can and will make sure that people who work 40 hours a week don’t live in poverty.”

According to Malloy, studies have shown that the workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase brought home 46 percent of their household’s total wage and salary income in 2011. 

"When workers earn more money, businesses will have more customers," he said. "This modest boost will help those earning the least to make ends meet.”


carol March 27, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Do any of you believe we should have a minimum wage, or should we not have one at all? That's the fundamental question here.
lmf59 March 27, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Thanks for the laugh, sweet bobbie. My posts are few, short, concise, and informed. And never have I posted or commented on which party I identify with...if any. Please share your secret on mind reading so we can all play along. Unlike you, I look at the facts...all of them....before I form an opinion or comment on it. And the facts are that this president....who had THE golden opportunity to unite this country and strengthen it, has done more to divide and weaken us socially, fiscally, and globally than any combination of leaders in our history.
Porter gladstone March 27, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Bobbie--you address me in a way that implies that I defend people who ar wrong? Becuase they are Republican? That I would place political party over principle? No--I know youre not very perceptive, as Ive written many things and you are sure, that being a Republican I have to fall lock step. Abuse of women is not condoned . But here I ask you a very pertinent question Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego, completing the fall of the former 10-term congressman who barely a year ago achieved his long dream of being elected leader of the nation’s eighth-largest city. Filner, who resigned amid widespread allegations of sexual harassment, pleaded guilty in October to one felony and two misdemeanors for placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third. Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta’s sentence was the same as what prosecutors recommended in a plea agreement with Filner. The 71-year-old former mayor faced a maximum penalty of three years in prison for the felony and one year in jail for each misdemeanor. The judge specified the Filner may not seek or hold elective office during the term of his probation. Filner, who is divorced, was convicted of felony false imprisonment for restraining a woman against her will at a fund-raiser on March 6 and applying additional force when she resisted. His attorney, Jerry Coughlan, has said it was a headlock. Is joking about sexual abuse worse than actually abusing women? Pretty much a yes or no question. Im wondering if bob filner is better or worse in your book than the texan who joked?
carol March 27, 2014 at 05:24 PM
The fundamental question is whether or not you believe we should have a minimum wage at all.

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