Mar 4, 2014
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5 Things to Know Before Obama's Speech in Connecticut

5 Things to Know Before Obama's Speech in Connecticut

Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register

President Barack Obama at the University of Hartford last April.

Before President Barack Obama makes a pitch to Connecticut, urging an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10, here are a few things to fill you in on his proposal and visit.

1.     Obama is pushing for a federal minimum wage increase, and urging all states to adopt it. Obama first called for a $10.10 minimum wage during in his State of the Union address, when he also announced he had signed an executive order increasing the minimum wage for all new federal contract workers.

2.     Gov. Dannel P. Malloy jumped on that plan, and suggested the legislature increase the minimum wage to $10.10 through a series of increases over the next three years. This would change the existing plans to increase minimum wage in the state.

3.     Obama is visiting at a time when he has never been less popular in Connecticut. A Quinnipiac University Poll out yesterday showed 45 percent of Connecticut voters approve of Obama, versus 51 percent who do not. That’s a huge drop from Obama’s highest approval rating in the state of 71 percent in May 2009. For the first time, Malloy’s approval ratings topped Obama. According to the same poll, 48 percent of voters approve of Malloy versus 45 percent who don’t approve.

4.     State residents might not need much convincing from their commander in chief that a raise in the minimum wage is the way to go. According to the Quinnipiac poll, voters support raising the minimum wage 71 percent to 25 percent, while 59 percent believe minimum wage should be $10.10. The numbers show the issue is extremely partisan, as 41 percent of Republicans support raising the minimum wage, compared to 93 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independent voters. The poll shows 11 percent of voters who want to raise the minimum wage believe it should be less than $10.10, while 28 percent believe it should be more.

5.     Obama’s visit comes a little over a week after Malloy defended the White House against claims of Governor Bobby Jindal, R-La, who said raising the minimum wage and other policies of the administration were signs the Obama administration was “waiving the white flag of surrender.”

5 Things to Know Before Obama's Speech in Connecticut

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