MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Legislation to raise Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 an hour is headed to the House floor. The bill is a top priority for Democrats in the Senate but House Democratic leaders are still trying to round up enough votes to pass it. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Kitty Toll said Friday morning her committee still had questions about raising the minimum wage. In an unusual move, they’ll advance it without a recommendation– a clear sign the committee doesn’t support it. It’s a top priority for the Senate, which sent a bill to the House weeks ago that raises the wage to $15 an hour by 2024. After breezing through some committees it stalled in Appropriations and was stalled as late as Friday morning. “We’re waiting for additional information for people to make their final decision whether they can support it or not. In Appropriations, we tend not to come in with a yes or no,” said Toll, D-Danville. Some members were already decided against, including Republican Vice Chairman Peter Fagan and Democratic Rep. Maureen Dakin. “After much study, I don’t think it reaches– it doesn’t help the people that we really want to help,” said Dakin, D-Colchester. Toll says… Read full this story
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