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Remarks to the White House Press Pool in New Britain, Connecticut

March 05, 2014

Well, I'll have a chance to talk to everybody a little bit later, but obviously, part of the reason that we're here is because we've got a group of outstanding Democratic Governors here in the Northwest [Northeast; White House correction.] that are committed to making sure that work pays.

And we were just talking to the owners of this establishment who pay their employees more than the minimum wage, because, as the owner put it, he knows what's it like to work all his life and understands that if people are working hard, they shouldn't be in poverty and that we should be able to do everything we can to make sure that happens.

And Dan Malloy here in Connecticut is making this a top priority. I know Pete Shumlin, Lincoln Chafee, and Deval Patrick are all working with Tom Perez, our Secretary of Labor. And this is one—an important tool for us to help create more pathways into the middle class and make sure that if you work hard in this country, you can succeed.

There are other tools that are reflected in my budget, like the earned-income tax credit expansion that we've proposed that will also make a difference. But I'm just very proud of these Governors for the work they're doing. So thank you.

All right. So with that, let me eat.

NOTE: The President spoke at approximately 1 p.m. at Café Beauregard. In his remarks, he referred to Robert P. Chiovoloni and Alice A. Bruno, owners, Café Beauregard; Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut; Gov. Peter E. Shumlin of Vermont; Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island; and Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts.

Barack Obama, Remarks to the White House Press Pool in New Britain, Connecticut Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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