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Minimum wage bump gets preliminary approval in Vermont Senate

February 17, 2018 06:49 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A bill that would increase the Vermont minimum wage to $15 an hour has received preliminary approval in the state Senate.
    
Vermont Public Radio reports the Senate voted to approve the measure in a 20 to 10 vote Thursday. Under the plan, the minimum wage would be raised gradually until it reaches $15 an hour by 2024.
    
Democratic Sen. Michael Sirotkin, committee chairman, says the bill will help residents struggling with income inequality and pump money back into the state's economy.
    
Opponents of the bill argue the change could hurt small businesses that can't afford to pay higher wages.
    
Republican Gov. Phil Scott strongly opposes the legislation and believes it will hurt small businesses.
    
Senate members are scheduled to vote on final consideration of the bill Friday afternoon.
    
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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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