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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President

Today, the Connecticut Legislature took an important step towards raising the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and giving more Connecticut workers the raise they deserve.  When I visited Connecticut earlier this month I was joined by Governor Malloy and three of his fellow New England governors, who represent just a few of the many states, cities, and counties across our country working to raise their minimum wages.  I support these efforts, and I commend Governor Malloy for his leadership.  But to truly make sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American, Congress must act.  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.