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Vt. small-business owners weigh in on minimum wage

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Small-business owners are weighing in on a proposal to raise Vermont's minimum wage.

Wednesday, the Small Biz VT Summit brought together local businesses. Some agreed with Gov. Peter Shumlin's efforts to raise the minimum wage from $8.73 an hour to $10.10. Shumlin has called on lawmakers for support and hopes to see the full increase by 2017.

"I think it's important for people at the poverty level to have greater access to financial security so they can then have more vibrant and healthy families that will grow and prosper for generations to come," said Katherine O'Neill, the co-founder of O'Neill Builders.

"If we can't as a society pay a wage that at least gives someone the ability to live and not have to be homeless or work three jobs, let alone starting a family, it's a shame," said Andrew Allen of Vermont Design Works.

The increase is opposed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Progressive Chris Pearson is in support of an even higher minimum wage that would require employers to pay at least $15 an hour.

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