Roll Call! Senate Votes To Raise Minimum Wage to $15/Hr. (20-10, 2018)

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PASSED
in the State Senate on February 15, 2018 by a vote of
20-10
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Purpose: To increase the Vermont state minimum to $15.00 per hour by 2024.
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AnalysisThis bill proposed to raise the minimum wage from $10.50 to $15 an hour by 2024. The minimum wage will increase by 75¢ each year.
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Those voting YES believe this will put more money in the pockets of low income earners, boosting economic activity.
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Those voting NO believe that artificially raising Vermont’s minimum wage to the highest in highest level in the nation (more that twice the rate of New Hampshire) will cause significant harm to the the state economy, resulting in closed businesses, jobs eliminated, hours being cut back, and/or benefits reduced for low income workers. They believe the measure will also discourage new businesses from coming to Vermont.
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The Vermont Joint Fiscal Office estimated that roughly 2500 jobs would be lost as a result of a $15 minimum wage. Other studies show higher levels of job loss.
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Senate Journal, Thursday, February 15, 2018. “Thereupon, third reading of the bill was ordered on a roll call, Yeas 20, Nays 10..” (Read the Journal, p. 241-248)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – NO
Francis Brooks (D-Washington) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
David Soucy (R-Rutland) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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Willem Post March 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm

The bill has to pass in the House by a similar veto proof majority to become law, because otherwise Scott will veto it.

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