Study after study has shown that solutions to improve life for low and middle income Vermonters include higher salaries, better health care, less stress, excellent child care and education, and the ability to make ends meet without stress. S.40 and H.196 work hand in hand in providing more tools for Vermonters to seek a better life. S.40 will raise the minimum wage to $15/hour over six years, and H.196 will create a new Paid Family Leave insurance program, that will provide Vermonter families with infants up to 12 weeks of bonding leave, and Vermonters taking care of their families with up to six weeks of leave for care. This benefit will cost employees less than two cents an hour for every $10 an hour they make — more than affordable for every employee in Vermont.
The governor vetoed both bills.