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President Obama to speak at Central Connecticut State University

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The governor announced Saturday that President Barack Obama will speak at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday, and on Sunday, he held a conference call with reporters.

Obama will talk about the support for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The president will be joined by Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island and Gov. Peter E. Shumlin of Vermont, all in support of the raise in wages, according to officials.

"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 Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Malloy approved the plan in this year's State of the State address for January 2017. The increase in minimum wage will raise one's annual salary to $21,008, adding up to a $936 raise.

"Minimum wage would be higher if we kept pace with inflation," Malloy said during the conference call.

Most of those earning a minimum wage salary are 55 or older, the governor said. Malloy went on to say, "Clearly we can do better."

Chafee commented saying that society wants a stronger middle class and minimum wage is a strong way to address that.

Shumiln wants to see people who work 40 hours a week not have to live in poverty and believes the increase is the right thing for hard working middle class American citizens. He said he believes that the governors working together on this bill with strengthen the plan and be best for the regions affected.

Raise The Wage event, which will be attended by Obama, will be held in CCSU's Detrick Gymnasium at Kaiser Hall. Doors are expected to open at 11:30 a.m. with the event beginning at about 2:40 p.m.

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