BRIDGEPORT - Gov. Dannel Malloy called on lawmakers Tuesday to raise Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Malloy says he wants to phase in the new minimum wage over several years, with the full $10.10 going into effect in 2017.

The amount mirror's President Obama's proposal announced in his State of the Union address last week.

Connecticut’s minimum wage went up to $8.70 an hour on Jan. 1  and is expected to increase to $9.00 next year.

The governor faces opposition from the House Republican Leader, Rep. Larry Cafero, who says a higher minimum wage will discourage employers from hiring more workers.

For the news conference on minimum wage, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.