he gap between the country’s wealthiest and poorest is widening, and is very wide in Connecticut. “I’m a therapist, I see it in my practice all the time,” said Marina Klimoda. “I have clients from Bridgeport, 10 minutes away, who struggle, and 10 minutes away is Westport or Southport, which is very wealthy. It is a fact.”
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With partisan votes in a pocketbook issue that the White House and Connecticut Democrats hope will mobilize voters this fall, the General Assembly voted Wednesday for legislation that would raise the state's $8.70 minimum wage to $10.10 by January 2017.The bill, which was approved 21-14 in the Senate and 87-54 in the House, became an instant political talking point for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Obama.