- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) - President Barack Obama has arrived in Connecticut to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Air Force One touched down at Bradley Air National Guard Base shortly after noon on Wednesday.

Obama is scheduled to appear later Wednesday at Central Connecticut State University at an event to amplify his call for Congress to raise the hourly rate from $7.25 to $10.10.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to attend the event in New Britain along with the governors of Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Malloy signed a wage hike last year that raises hourly wages to $9 next January. He’s also asked state lawmakers to raise it further to $10.10 in line with Obama’s proposal.

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