MONTPELIER (AP) - Increasing Vermont's minimum wage will be the topic of a public hearing at the Vermont Statehouse this week.

The House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs has scheduled the hearing for Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the House of Representatives.

Various proposals have been floated for raising the wage. Gov. Peter Shumlin is backing a plan to raise it from its current $8.73 to $10.10 per hour in steps between now and 2017. Some House members are pushing for an increase to $12.50 or more.

House Speaker Shap Smith says he wants to make sure that any increases in the wage don't cause low-income working Vermonters to lose benefits like food stamps and housing subsidies.


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