President Obama to Speak at Central Conn. State Unversity

The president will be in Connecticut to push his minimum wage proposal

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    AP

    Gov. Dannel Malloy announced today President Obama will speaking at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Wednesday to push his proposal to raise the minimum wage.

    According to the White House, the president will be in the Hartford area on March 5. Further details on President Obama's visit will be made available in the next few days.

    The minimum wage battle was at the center of a headline-grabbing war of words between Gov. Dannel Malloy and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at a meeting of governors at the White House last weekend.

    Several governors emerged to speak to reporters after the meetings wrapped up on Monday and Gov. Jindal said Obama "seems to be waving the white flag of surrender" on the economy by focusing on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, up from $7.25. "The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that," Jindal said.

    Gov. Malloy jumped to the microphone after Jindal had finished and responded, calling Jindal's "white flag statement" the most partisan of their weekend conference.

    "What the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week?" Malloy snapped. "I mean, that's the most insane statement I've ever heard."

    Malloy supports the $10.10 minimum wage proposal.

    On Wednesday, Malloy tweeted that he was "excited to welcome" President Obama to the state next next week.