Vermont House passes minimum wage hike to $15 an hour

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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.

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