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Should Vt. raise minimum wage?

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The debate over raising Vermont's minimum wage is back at the Statehouse.

Wednesday, legislators took testimony on the topic. Right now the state's minimum wage is $8.73 an hour. Some in Montpelier want to see that total jump to $12.50 an hours.

Representative Paul Poirier, I-Barre, says 70 percent of the people working for less than $12.50 an hour are over the age of 30; 56 percent are heads of households.

"These are people who get up and go to work and raise families and we've come to a time when it's important to start addressing the inequities behind the highest paid workers and the lowest paid workers," said Poirier.

Poirier says Wednesday's hearing was the first of many on the topic.

He expects the business community to argue that raising the minimum wage could lead to lost jobs and businesses relocating; the representative disagrees.

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