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CCSU prepares for presidential visit

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CCSU students lined up for tickets to see the president CCSU students lined up for tickets to see the president

Central Connecticut State University students and staff got their hands on free tickets Monday for the president's visit this week to push raising the minimum wage.

President Barack Obama will speak at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Wednesday.

Obama will talk about the support for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Wednesday's visit is the first by Obama to CCSU; however, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush have visited the university. Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan also went to New Britain. 

Tickets were given out at noon on Monday, and within minutes, they were gone. The university gave out nearly 800 tickets to students.

Members of the Student Government Association spend much of the school year representing the student body. Now they are focused on the president.

"I am just interested in hearing about the minimum wage and how the president plans to implement it over the next few years," said Lauren Hudobenko of the Student Government Association.

"I hear a lot of students that work full-time and go to school full-time, making minimum wage," said Simms Sonet of the Student Government Association. "[The are] struggling to pay for school and get by."

The president will be joined by Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island and Gov. Peter E. Shumlin of Vermont, all in support of the raise in wages, according to officials.

"There is a debate happening across our country on how to tackle the growing income inequality that is detrimental to our middle class families and to our economy. Part of tackling that critically important challenge is making sure that we recognize that a decent wage is good for workers and good for business," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Malloy approved the plan in this year's State of the State address for January 2017. The increase in minimum wage will raise one's annual salary to $21,008, adding up to a $936 raise.

"Minimum wage would be higher if we kept pace with inflation," Malloy said during the conference call.

Most of those earning a minimum wage salary are 55 or older, the governor said. Malloy went on to say, "Clearly we can do better."

Raise The Wage event, which will be attended by Obama, will be held in CCSU's Detrick Gymnasium at Kaiser Hall. Doors are expected to open at 11:30 a.m. with the event beginning at about 2:40 p.m.

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