MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
The independent senator made the call for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour while the minimum wage in Vermont jumped 13 cents an hour with the new year to $8.73 an hour.
Sanders says Vermont and the other states that increased their minimum wages on Wednesday are doing the right thing because working people cannot survive on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Sanders estimates that raising the minimum wage would create 85,000 new jobs and help lower the federal deficit because fewer people will need federal government services.
In Vermont, the minimum wage for tipped workers increased Wednesday by 6 cents, to $4.23 an hour.
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