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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Governor Shumlin calls for wage increase

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling on lawmakers to raise the state minimum wage in steps to $10.10 by 2017 but some business groups say it's not the right step to increase incomes for Vermonters.

Shumlin said Monday "it's imperative to raise the minimum wage in Vermont to what the President has recommended."

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Vermont Grocers' Association President Jim Harrison says his organization does not support the wage hike. He says better pay is a good goal, but "we can't do it just by artificially raising the minimum wage."

Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama spotlighted minimum wage increases during a rally in Connecticut. Shumlin attended, along with 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.

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