A group of Vermont lawmakers is calling for a new "bill of economic rights," including a sharply higher minimum wage, guaranteed paid sick days and a requirement that employers have just cause before firing anyone.
The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to convene for the 2014 session.
The leaders of the House and Senate say the session that is starting Tuesday will focus on erasing a projected $70 million state budget shortfall and grappling with the growing abuse of opium-based drugs that is wrecking lives and driving crime.
Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say committees will begin work Tuesday.
Smith and Campbell say lawmakers will need to work hard to erase the projected budget deficit without raising taxes.
Supporters, and a few opponents, crowded into the Governor’s Ceremonial office on the second floor of the Vermont statehouse Monday afternoon to witness the signing of the landmark End-of-Life Choices bill into law.