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President Obama boards Air Force One on Feb. 26. / Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

A day after unveiling a proposed budget, President Obama travels to New England on Wednesday to stump for a minimum-wage hike and raise money for Democratic candidates.

Obama first visits Central Connecticut State University in New Britain to discuss his budget and argue for a higher minimum wage.

"The president will be joined by governors from the states of Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to discuss the importance of raising the minimum wage and giving hardworking Americans the raise they deserve," says the White House schedule.

Obama wants the minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, but Republicans say the hike would discourage businesses from hiring more people.

The president's proposed $3.9 trillion budget includes new spending for education, infrastructure and job training, but congressional Republicans say it will never pass. The GOP wants lower taxes and less regulation.

After the speech at Central Connecticut State University, Obama heads to Boston for a pair of events sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

The president returns to the White House on Wednesday night.



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