State treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steven Grossman is urging business leaders to support a universal pre-kindergarten program for all of the state's children.

In a speech on Thursday to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Grossman called for creation of a public-private partnership that would provide the resources to place some 30,000 children into pre-K programs who are now on state waiting lists, including many from low-income families.

Grossman said as governor he would not rule out new taxes to help pay for early education and other initiatives.

He also urged business leaders to support an increase in the state's minimum wage and earned sick time for all workers.

He's among five Democrats, two Republicans and three independents running for governor. (Associated Press)