Obama to push minimum wage Wednesday in Conn.

Obama hosts governors

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is showing no signs of letting up on his push for a higher federal minimum wage.

Officials say he plans an appearance Wednesday in Connecticut with Northeastern governors who back his push to raise the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The governors also will back higher minimum wages for their states.

The White House believes momentum is building and wants to keep up the pressure on Congress to act.

While Democrats support the president and say hard-working people shouldn’t earn poverty-level wages, Republicans say a higher minimum wage will lead to job cuts.

Obama was appearing in the Hartford area with Democratic Govs. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Peter Shumlin of Vermont, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent.

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