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Malloy on Job Creation, Minimum Wage

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Dannel Malloy (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Dannel Malloy (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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Governor Malloy says he expects encouraging news when new job creation numbers come out Friday.  Malloy told WTIC’s Ray Dunaway that the state has increased its outreach to businesses, with dealings with some 600 businesses since he took office,  compared to fewer than 200 companies in the previous six years.

Hear the full interview:

When Dunaway asked about he minimum wage,  the governor said  he supports president obama’s call for an increase in the current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour,  but says if congress doesn’t take the lead,  he’d like to see connecticut take gradual steps, with the goal of increasing the current $8.25/hour state minimum wage to $9.  Malloy said he felt too abrupt an increase could hurt the state’s still-fragile economy.

He also indicated he he wouldn’t want to saddle future governors and legislatures with automatic” increases tied to inflation,  but would prefer a requirement that future increases be authorized.

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