In Connecticut, Obama to spotlight minimum wage

President Barack Obama waves as he walks to board the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.. Obama is traveling to Central Connecticut State University where he will speak about the minimum wage. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to follow Connecticut’s lead by raising the minimum wage.

Obama is traveling to a public university in Connecticut Wednesday to amplify his call for Congress to raise the hourly rate from $7.25 to $10.10. It’s a major priority for Obama this year, but it’s not clear Congress will go along.

Governors from Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will join Obama to lend their support.

Connecticut’s governor 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.

Obama will also stop in Boston to headline two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee.

The trip comes a day after Obama unveiled his 2015 budget proposal.

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