Shumlin Wants to Raise Minimum Wage: $7.25 to $10.10

Published 03/05 2014 07:20AM

Updated 03/05 2014 07:22AM

Relief for millions could be near. Getting paid more, all across the board. Today Governor Peter Shumlin is advocating to raise the minimum wage.

$7.25 is currently the minimum wage in this country, but the Vermont Governor, and the President of the United States want it raised to $10.10.

It's been $7.25 for five years.

But today, President Obama, Shumlin and three other New England Governors are in Connecticut to change that.

Most republicans are opposed. 

They say it would hurt employers and lead to job cut-backs.

Governor Shumlin says too many full time workers are having trouble making ends meet.

"It is not fair, it is not right to ask Americans to work a 40 or 50 hour week and still be living in poverty."

New York and New Hampshire are at $7.25, but Vermont's  actually higher. $8.60 is the minimum wage in the state.

This would move Americans from making $14,000 a year, to making $21,000.

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