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Skinny Pancake allowed not to pay livable wage

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The newest food vendor at the Burlington Airport won't be paying a "livable wage."

The Skinny Pancake is known for its locally sourced ingredients and draws a loyal clientele at restaurants in Burlington and Montpelier. It's opening a new venture at the Burlington Airport - and got an exemption to the city's livable wage ordinance -- saying that it cannot afford to pay nearly 14 dollars an hour. The Mayor and the city's Board of Finance approved the plan. That's even though two of the other vendors that bid on the contract would have met the livable wage requirement.

"They used a matrix to grade the applicants on certain aspects of their proposals and Skinny Pancake, of the four, clearly rose to the top," said Mike Kanarick, Mayor Weinberger's Communications Director.

Kanarick says city and airport officials voted for the exemption because Skinny Pancake will make the Burlington Airport the most localvore airport in the country while boosting airport revenues by 80 to 90-thousand dollars.

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