copyright the Chronicle April 9, 2014
by Paul Lefebvre
MONTPELIER — Vermont is going to increase its hourly minimum wage.
Vermont legislators generally agreed that it was the right and ethical thing to do.
But when, and by how much, is still hanging in the air.
Under a House bill that won preliminary approval Tuesday, next year on January 1, 2015, a minimum wage worker could see his or her weekly pay check jump by roughly $40.
That’s the result of an increase in the minimum wage going from $8.73 to $10.10 an hour.
“Forty dollars in your pocket is not a theory,” said Representative Tom Stevens of Waterbury, speaking in the urgent tone of legislators who wanted to make a change.