Shumlin calls for wage increase
The Associated Press
MONTPELIER -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling for lawmakers to incrementally raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.
Shumlin, speaking Monday at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, said the increase would ensure all Vermonters enjoy a piece of the economic recovery.
Shumlin said the state Legislature's leadership agreed with his proposal and would be working on the details of a bill.
Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama spotlighted minimum wage increases during a rally in Connecticut. Shumlin attended, joining the governors from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Vermont's current minimum wage is $8.73. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.