Connecticut legislature approves bill to raise minimum wage

By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) – Connecticut’s legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the highest statewide rate in the nation, following a call to action last month by Governor Dannel Malloy. “I am proud that Connecticut is once again a leader on an issue of national importance,” Malloy said in a written statement following the bill’s legislative approval. On a visit to Connecticut earlier this month, President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum to the same $10.10 level, which has not gotten backing in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. “I hope Members of Congress, governors, state legislators and business leaders across our country will follow Connecticut’s lead to help ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty, and that every American who works hard has the chance to get ahead,” Obama said.

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