The new year brings in a flurry of new laws passed by the Vermont Legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Scott. 2021 was a busy year at the Statehouse, from moving hundreds of millions in federal relief money to crafting new laws. One of the biggest changes happening this year is permanent mail-out ballots for Vermont general elections. The pandemic sparked this trend of democracy being delivered to your doorstep. All registered voters in Vermont will be mailed a ballot to be filled out and returned to the town clerk. There’s also a hike in the minimum wage in the cards. Workers who earn minimum wage will see a boost of 80 cents. It will now be $12.55 an hour, up from 11.75. Tipped employees in restaurants will see an increase, too, from $5.88 to $6.28. But economists say the exact effect of the wage hike remains to be seen. Many businesses are already offering well over minimum wage to attract and retain employees. Vermont is one of a handful of states that adjust the minimum wage in accordance with inflation.
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