Vermont lawmakers at odds over minimum wage, extended session continues Friday

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Vermont lawmakers are due back under the golden dome Friday as the stalemate over minimum wage continues. Democrats have the majority in both chambers but are at odds over the issue.

The senate appears to be pushing a faster timeline to raise the wage to $12.50 by 2021. The house has been in favor of a more reserved approach, reaching $15.00 an hour by 2024.

House and senate leaders were said to be close to a compromise Thursday but opted to adjourn for the night.

“The best thing to do sometimes is to have a night’s sleep and make sure you don’t make any mistakes and come back fresh,” said Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P- Chittenden.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have signed off on the budget and tax bills.

“We’ve got items that will be on the calendar, several conference committee reports and hopefully we’ll be moving towards adjournment,” said Ashe as the Senate went into recess Thursday.

A mandatory paid family leave plan also remains unresolved.

Governor Phil Scott has been mum on whether he’d veto these bills should they reach his desk. Past votes in the house suggest democrats may not have enough support to override a veto.

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