Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill raising his state's minimum wage incrementally over the next four years, with an ultimate goal of $10.50 per hour by 2018, higher than any other U.S. state.
The Green Mountain State already boasted one of the highest state minimum hourly wages at $8.73, and now a bipartisan effort in the state legislature has cemented even higher levels above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour, the Burlington Free Press reports.
"These are foolish numbers," restaurant co-owner Randy George told the Free Press. "To grow as a business, you can't do that by exploiting your own people." He challenged his business colleagues across the state to pay above the minimum wage.