The Vermont House approved a bill Wednesday that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The measure passed by a 90-53 marhin after several hours of debate.
The current minimum wage in Vermont is $10.78 an hour. Supporters say 66,000 Vermonters would be affected by the change.
The bill proposes to raise the minimum wage by 2.25 times the rate of inflation each year until reaching $15 an hour in 2026 — two years slower than a bill passed by the Senate earlier this year that calls for $15 an hour by 2024.
Gov. Phil Scott has long opposed raising the minimum wage and said he will veto the bill if it gets to his desk.