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Obama To Push For Minimum Wage Hike In Visit To Region On Wednesday

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama will visit the region this week when he speaks at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday, March 5.

The visit is part of Obama's push to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Saturday.

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

“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. 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,” said Malloy in a statement.

“For too long, the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living,” he said. “As studies have shown, 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. This modest boost will help those earning the least to make ends meet.”

More details about the event will be released later in the week, his office said.

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