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March 4, 2014

Obama planning visit to Boston for DNC events

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama planned a trip to Boston on Wednesday to help raise money for the Democratic Party.

Obama is set to attend a round-table discussion fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee with about 25 supporters in Cambridge.

Obama is then scheduled to headline a DNC dinner in Boston at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter with about 70 backers. The event is also intended to raise money for the party.

A higher minimum wage and an overhaul of immigration laws are two of Obama’s top priorities. Massachusetts is also debating an increase in the state minimum wage.

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour by January 2016. The House has yet to vote on the measure.

A labor-backed group is also working to put a question on the November ballot that would raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10.50 an hour over two years.

Both the bill and the ballot question would automatically link future wage increases to the state’s rate of inflation.

The minimum wage in Massachusetts hasn’t increased in five years.

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