This year's Vermont Legislative session has become a debate about raising up the standards for workers in this state. The good news on paid sick days a broad coalition has taken this issue in the last year from the back burner to the center stage of political debate. However, in many ways national politics around minimum wage and our Governor have created an atmosphere where the focus in the legislature has turned to raising the minimum wage this year and pushing off the paid sick days to next year.
Apparently, the conservative business lobby is calling the shots in Montpelier and people have the right to be outraged. This is how broken our democracy is becoming. Democrats and Progressives have super-majority control of the Vermont House (101-49) and Vermont Senate (23-7), and we have a Democrat as Governor with Peter Shumlin.
This Monday from 4:00-6:30pm is the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Technologies (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the state budget for fiscal year 2015. All 13 V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St.