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Malloy, businesses sidestep minimum wage battle

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published March 05. 2014 11:00AM   Updated March 05. 2014 11:55AM

Hartford (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has pitched his economic development agenda to Connecticut's largest business group, but the sides avoided a looming battle over the governor's demand that the legislature raise the minimum wage.

Malloy spoke to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association on Wednesday. He repeated his pledge to reduce regulations, not raise taxes again and talked up a recent tax credit deal to promote job creation at aerospace giant United Technologies Corp.

But not until he was asked by a local Chamber of Commerce president did the governor defend legislation gradually raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017.

John Rathgeber, president of the CBIA, said he did not raise the issue because Malloy knows business groups oppose the governor.

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