Minimum Wage Rally

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Council of Clergy is urging state lawmakers to increase Connecticut’s minimum wage.

Members have scheduled a rally Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol. Organizers said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to attend the rally. The Democrat announced last week that he supports raising the current rate of $8.25 an hour to $9 over the next two years.

Malloy said he does not support other proposals for larger increases and linking future rises to the Consumer Price Index.

Clergy members, however, are expected to endorse such a bill on Wednesday. They maintain that a higher minimum wage will make it easier for families to make ends meet.

Sprague Sen. Cathy Osten, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s labor committee, said she hopes a compromise can be reached.

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