Gov. Dannel Malloy is throwing his political weight behind efforts to increase the state's minimum wage.
The Democrat announced Friday that he supports raising the current rate of $8.25 to $9 over the next two years. Malloy said it is "good public policy" and a way to keep children out of poverty.
Malloy said he is not supporting efforts to raise the rate to $9.50 an hour, or to require automatic increases in the future based on the Consumer Price Index.
Business groups are already voicing dismay with Malloy's announcement. The National Federation of Independent Businesses said most small businesses pay more than the minimum wage. The group says those that don't, cannot afford it, and an increase will "push them over the edge."
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