By Matt Murphy and Michael Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE -- After promoting a minimum wage hike in Connecticut on Wednesday, President Barack Obama plans to travel to Boston in the evening for political events.
Obama plans to participate in a roundtable discussion in Cambridge organized by the Democratic National Committee and a dinner event in Boston with about 70 supporters, according to a DNC official.
The White House announced Monday that Obama would fly to Boston late Wednesday afternoon for DNC events.
The DNC official said Obama will attend the roundtable discussion for the DNC in Cambridge with approximately 25 supporters followed by dinner in South Boston at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter with 70 supporters.
The president's remarks will available through pool press coverage.
Obama plans to speak at Central Connecticut State University earlier in the day Wednesday where he will be joined by Gov. Deval Patrick, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
According to the White House, they plan to "discuss the importance of raising the minimum wage and giving hardworking Americans the raise they deserve." Obama has called for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, and has used his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to that level starting in 2015.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, of Illinois, were in Boston last month to push for a federal minimum wage hike, and Warren said she also supports the efforts underway in Massachusetts to go even higher.
The Massachusetts Senate last year approved legislation phasing in an increase in the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $11 an hour. House leaders and Gov. Patrick have expressed support for an increase in the minimum wage, but have not outlined specific proposals.