Connecticut has one of the highest minimum wages in the country.
Wednesday, President Barack Obama was in Connecticut, saying all of America’s lowest paid need a raise. The president delivered his speech at Central Connecticut State University. He wants Congress to pass his proposal of raising the federal minimum wage by almost $3: from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
Outspoken republicans argue the pay bump will force businesses to cut more jobs and put more Americans on unemployment. President Obama claims three in four Americans, and about half of all republicans, actually support raising the minimum wage.
“What happens if workers got a little bit more money in their pockets? They spend a little more money, which means that suddenly businesses have more customers, which means they make more profits, which means they can hire more workers, which means you get a virtuous cycle, it’s common sense that’s what I’m trying to say,” President Obama said during his speech.
Connecticut is set to raise the state minimum wage again next year, from $8.70 to $9 an hour.