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Gov. Shumlin Calling on Legislators to Raise VT's Minimum Wage
By Joe Gullo
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Governor Peter Shumlin is calling on the statehouse to approve an increase to Vermont's minimum wage.
The governor says the hard working middle class is being left behind by the recovering economy.
Under his new plan, minimum wage would climb to $10.10 an hour. These changes wouldn't be immediate. Governor Shumlin wants to phase in the new wage over the next three years.
As for worry raising minimum wage could also mean other wage increases, Gov. Shumlin says, he's okay with that!
"If we have some wage creep for the middle class, that's a good thing for Vermonters and for Vermont," Gov. Shumlin said. "So, if the argument is don't raise the minimum wage because you'll see other wage go up, I'm for it."
If the governor's plan is approved, starting this July, minimum wage will go up a third each year until 2017.