State Sens. Alison Clarkson and Michael Sirotkin have proposed a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, despite estimates from the Joint Fiscal Office that the hike could cost the economy nearly 3,000 jobs over the next decade.
While Vermont currently has the sixth highest minimum wage in the nation, its rich-versus-poor divide is growing fast, and a loss of 3,000 low-skill, low-paying jobs could further widen the gap between rich and poor.
But Clarkson and Sirotkin show no signs of stopping at $15, and their real goal may be a much higher “livable wage,” regardless of the jobs lost.
Their statements are captured in this week’s Statehouse Stakeout video:
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