Vt. minimum wage to increase by 13 cents

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont’s lowest paid workers are going to be getting a raise.

On Jan. 1, the state’s minimum wage is going to increase by 13 cents an hour to $8.73.

The minimum wage for workers who are tipped will increase by 6 cents to $4.23 an hour.

Vermont is one of 13 states increasing the minimum wage at the first of the year.

The National Employment Law Project estimates that wages will be boosted for about 2.5 million people across the country.

The national minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Fish & Wildlife promotes free ice fishing day

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to get people interested in ice fishing.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, is going to be Vermont’s new free ice fishing day, when anyone, resident or nonresident, can go fishing without a license.

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry says the department worked with the Legislature to create a free ice fishing day to encourage individuals, friends and families to get out and try ice fishing.

Fisheries biologist Brian Chipman says Lake Champlain is Vermont’s premier fishing destination and it attracts twice as much fishing activity during the winter as during the summer.

He says yellow perch is the mainstay of the winter fishery, but many ice anglers find good fishing for other species.