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    HARTFORD

    Malloy, clergy urge minimum wage hike

    Governor 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. The Rev. Sam Saylor of Hartford said the legislation will help struggling families earning minimum wage to ‘‘get a little closer to paying the bills.’’

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