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Shumlin: Work must continue to close pay gap

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Gov. Peter Shumlin declared April 12 Equal Pay Day. The date symbolizes that U.S. women must work well into the spring before their earnings catch up to what men made the prior year.

Shumlin says Vermont has passed laws aimed at helping women, and is performing better than other states eliminating the wage gap-- but that's not good enough.

"We know that we must continue to close the pay gap. It is outrageous that here in 2016, we still have a situation-- for the same work performed-- women get paid less than men, more work to do," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

The resolution reports that Vermont women make 84 cents on the dollar compared to men. That figure gets worse for female executives, women with dependents and those of color. It states that women make up the majority of the state workforce, and that equal pay would boost the state economy by $1 billion.

Despite all that, a proposed bill to create record-keeping and reporting requirements in an effort to enforce the state's fair employment practices received minimal legislative attention this year.

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