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Obama Continues His Push to 'Raise the Wage'

President Obama will continue his push for a nationwide federal minimum wage hike Wednesday visiting New Bristol, Conn., for a "Raise the Wage" event. The state raised its minimum wage to $8.70 from $8.25 on Jan. 1, making it one of the states with a higher-than-average minimum wage rate.Obama issued an executive order in early February that increased the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.  He called for a nationwide pay raise to $10.10 during his State of the Union address in January. Obama's wage increase for federal contractors is the first for the federal minimum wage since 2007, and the White House has estimated the move will help 28 million workers. Today, the average full-time minimum wage worker earns $14,500 a year.In addition to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Obama will be joined by Democratic governors, Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Peter Shumlin of Vermont.Fast food workers in particular have led a p...

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