On April 12, 2023

Minimum wage boost needed

Dear Editor,

Last week, on March 29, Vermont senior U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was grilling Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the illegal union-busting activities used by that corporation. 

In order to embarrass our senior senator, Schultz shot back that Vermont has a paltry minimum wage of only $13.18/hour. Starbucks, his company, pays more.

We all know that an individual, never mind a family with children, can’t make any headway on such a low wage in today’s economy. 

The Vermont Legislature should have raised the minimum wage to $15/hour years ago to keep pace with the actual cost of living. 

Now, in 2023, they could at least start there on the way toward a wage that would allow a family a living without depriving their children of the necessities of life in Vermont today.

Geoffrey Cobden,


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