Updated: May 1, 2013 1:14 PM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is joining the Connecticut Council of Clergy in advocating for an increase in the state's minimum wage.
At a rally Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol, Malloy reiterated his support for raising the current rate of $8.25 an hour to $9 over two years.
Malloy said, "the time is now to get to this number."
While they welcomed his support, the clergy are backing a bill that would increase the wage to $9.75 by 2015. That bill also would link future rises to the Consumer Price Index.
Rev. Sam Saylor of Hartford said the legislation will help struggling families earning minimum wage to "get a little closer to paying the bills."
Sprague Sen. Cathy Osten, co-chairman of the General Assembly's labor committee, has said she hopes a compromise can be reached with Malloy.
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