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Legislature could adjourn without action on key bills

May 24, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature appears to be on the brink of adjourning for the year without taking final action on two of this session’s closely-watched bills: paid family leave and minimum wage.

In a Friday letter to Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson gave her fellow Democrats until noon to agree to compromise proposals on paid family and medical leave and an increase in the minimum wage.

Vermont Public Radio reports the deadline came and went without an agreement. At mid-afternoon, Ashe said he was sending the House compromise proposals.

The House prefers a more robust paid family and medical leave program, but a less aggressive increase in the minimum wage. The Senate prefers scaled-back leave and a larger increase in the minimum wage.

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