MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed the minimum wage bill.
The bill would have raised the minimum wage to $11.75 next year and $12.55 in 2022.
"It's critical to recognize that we share the goal of Vermonters making more money. I also believe Vermonters should keep more of what they earn, which is why I can't support policies that increase the costs of living," Scott, R-Vermont, said in a statement Monday night. "Despite S.23's good intentions, the reality is there are too many unintended consequences and we cannot grow the economy or make Vermont more affordable by arbitrarily forcing wage increases. I believe this legislation would end up hurting the very people it aims to help," he concluded.
Two years ago, the governor vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
It's the second veto of a bill that was a top priority for House and Senate Democratic leaders. Last week lawmakers fell one short vote of attempting to override Scott's veto of a paid family leave bill.
"The Governor’s veto signals that his use of the word 'affordable' has no meaning, most certainly not to the tens of thousands who will struggle to get by as a result of this action," Senate President Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden County, said in a statement Monday night.