Stephanie Yu – Public Assets Institute, Vermont Business Magazine A rally Monday evening in Montpelier is intended to press Governor Phil Scott to commit to signing two pieces of legislation that are key for a “Movement Toward a Moral Economy:” raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program for the state of Vermont. The event was organized by the Vermont Interfaith Action. The VIA and allied organizations have worked for two years and maintain that these two initiatives are at a critical point in the legislative process and are marching towards a goal of getting the governor’s signature.Paid family and medical leave and increases in the minimum wage are part of Vermont Interfaith Action’s Movement Toward a Moral Economy campaign which launched in 2014 with a series of regional gatherings to present a theologically-based, interfaith platform for addressing the growing gap between the rich and the poor, even in progressive Vermont. They say the two efforts support working families in the state.The event will feature a presentation of the research behind these economic issues and stories of how people are personally affected by them.WHO: The event is open to the public and organizers are expecting a large crowd in attendance. The speakers for the event include:Rev. Earl Kooperkamp – Vermont Interfaith Action, Elise Greaves – Rights & Democracy, Ashley Moore – Main Street Alliance Testimonies from members of the publicWHEN: Monday, April 23 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PMWHERE: Christ Church, 64 State Street(link is external) in Montpelier, VT
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