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Panel Picks $10.10 for Minimum Wage Hike

The House committee debating a bill to raise the minimum wage has landed on a decision.
MONTPELIER - The House committee debating a bill to raise the minimum wage has landed on a decision.

The House General, Housing and Military Affairs committee voted 6-2 Tuesday afternoon to pass a version of the bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10. It would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Tipped employees would receive half of the minimum wage.

The committee had also mulled over other options from $12.50 to as high as $15.00. The current minimum wage is $8.73 per hour.

Governor Shumlin and President Obama both called on lawmakers to raise the wage to $10.10, but by 2017.

The bill will head to the House floor for a vote, possibly Thursday.
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