Conn. clergy want lawmakers to raise minimum wage

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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